Give Christmas tree a friendly heave-ho

WITH the post-holiday season in mind, East Dunbartonshire Council has urged residents to dispose of their Christmas trees in an environmentally friendly way.

For some, taking down the tree is routine, however, for those with real pines, there lies the added task of hauling their holiday centrepiece off to the dump.

But in a move to reduce the added strain on landfill sites, the council will again provide measures to ease Christmas tree recycling.

From Thursday, January 5, council skips will be placed at Strathkelvin Retail Park, the Homebase store in Milngavie, and the Mavis Valley Recycling Centre in Bishopbriggs.

Alternatively, residents can call the Customer Contact Centre on 0300 123 4510 to have their tree picked up, free of charge.

Councillor Billy Hendry, the EDC convener of development and infrastructure, said: “The council is committed to protecting the environment and recycling trees is just one way the public can do their bit.

“We won the National Christmas Tree Recycling Award for our innovative ideas and we want to encourage local residents to recycle their trees again this year.”

The public will reap the benefits of their efforts as all trees collected will be churned to a rich compost, available to buy from Buchley Eco Centre (0141 772 5099).

Last year the council collected 20 tonnes of spoiled trees and hope even more residents choose to recycle their real trees this season.