A Tree-mendous start to the year

Merton Council has recycled nearly 40 tonnes of Christmas trees this year, largely due to the huge success of the free tree collection service.

Throughout a two-week period from 6 January 2003, the council collected nearly 5000 Christmas trees from residents’ front gardens and from businesses across the borough. The free collection service enabled residents to recycle their trees, hassle free, after the festivities had come to an end.

Residents and businesses didn’t even have to book a special collection day, they just had to leave their unwanted trees out for collection on 6 January and they were all collected within a two-week period. Alternatively some residents took their trees directly to the Reuse and Recycling Centre in Garth Road, Morden to be recycled. Any residents who have not yet had a collection can still get a late collection by calling the Help Line on 020 8545 4157.

Each tree weighs approximately 8kg and nearly 40 tonnes of trees have been collected and recycled, instead of going to landfill. The trees are shredded by the council’s leisure services department and made into mulch, a natural fertiliser and ground cover, which will be used in the boroughs parks to prepare the flowerbeds in preparation for the spring.

Councillor Linda Kirby, Merton Council’s Cabinet Member for Environmental Quality, said: “I am delighted that so many residents took advantage of the free Christmas tree collection and recycling scheme. I encourage all residents to consider how they can recycle other household waste, such as newspapers and bottles. The Council also offers a collection and composting of green waste through the year.”

For more information on waste, recycling or composting contact Merton Council’s Waste Help line on 020 8545 4157 or visit http://www.merton.gov.uk/refuse/. For further information or to book a green waste collection contact 020 8545 4157.