We’re dreaming of a green Christmas

After Christmas and New Year celebrations are over the Council is here to help with the clean up. Merton’s successful free Christmas tree recycling service is making a welcome return in the New Year and residents don’t even have to book a special collection date.

Residents and businesses just need to leave the trees out for collection at the front of their property (not on the pavement) from 7am on Monday 6 January – they will be collected within a two-week period. During those two weeks a council waste services vehicle will be collecting the Christmas trees from every street in the borough.

Christmas trees for collection must be visible from the road but must not be left on public land e.g. the pavement, verge, green or highway. Alternatively, residents with cars can take their tree directly to the Re-use and Recycling Centre in Garth Road, Morden. Cars can also enter the Lower Morden Lane car park (off Epsom Road), to drop off Christmas trees at the collection point in throughout January. All trees taken to the car park must be clean and free of all decorations and buckets.

The collected trees are then shredded, by the council’s leisure services department, and made into mulch, a natural fertilizer and ground cover, which will be used in the Borough’s parks to prepare the flowerbeds in preparation for the spring. Last year over 5000 trees were collected and recycled in this way, weighing approximately 36 tonnes.

Councillor Linda Kirby, Merton Council’s Cabinet Member for Environmental Quality, said: “I strongly encourage all residents to take advantage of this free Christmas tree collection and recycling scheme. All tree’s put out on Monday 6 January will be collected during the following two weeks. The mulch from the recycled trees is extremely useful for the borough’s parks so don’t let any trees go to waste this year.”

For further information regarding recycling or waste issues contact Merton Council’s waste helpline on 020 8545 4157 or visit http://www.merton.gov.uk/refuse/.