A Tree-mendous start to the year

Merton Council collected over 10,000 Christmas trees for recycling this year, which is over twice the amount of last year’s 5,000 trees. This huge success is thanks to so many borough residents making use of the free collection service.

Starting from 5 January 2004, the council’s waste section began collecting the 10,000 Christmas trees from residents’ front gardens across the borough. The free collection service enabled residents to recycle their trees, hassle free, after the festivities had come to an end.

Residents simply had to leave their unwanted trees out for collection on 5 January, not even having to book a collection day. This arrangement is becoming more popular with residents each year, as more and more choose to recycle their trees. The overwhelmingly positive response meant that the collection teams continued collecting trees through January and into early February to make sure all trees were recycled. Some residents also took their trees directly to the Reuse and Recycling Centre in Garth Road, Morden to be recycled.

By recycling the trees they were saved from going to a landfill for disposal. The trees are instead 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 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 also encourage residents to keep recycling their everyday waste, especially now that the ‘Recycle from Home’ scheme is being rolled out across the borough. 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 8274 4902 or visit . For further information, or to book a green waste collection, contact 020 8274 4902.