Recycle your Christmas tree this New Year

Merton is encouraging residents to recycle more in 2013, starting with their Christmas tree.

The council will collect Christmas trees from 6am on 7 January as a free service. Trees will be collected within two weeks, by 20 January.

Residents are being asked to remove the decorations from their tree and place it at the front of their property – but not on the pavement – so that it can be clearly seen from the road. Trees must be left out on 7 January, before 6am, for collection. If residents have not had their tree collected by 20 January they can call the Waste Service helpline on 020 8274 4902.

Alternatively, residents who have access to a car can take their Christmas tree to the Reuse and Recycling Centre, in Garth Road, and place it in the green waste for composting. All trees taken should be free of decorations.

Merton Council’s cabinet member for environmental sustainability and regeneration, Councillor Andrew Judge, said: “Merton’s free Christmas tree recycling service is a great way to start the New Year. On 7 January all residents will be able to leave their trees in front of their properties so that they can be collected. Trees collected from across the borough will be composted.”