Recycling rates show it was a green Christmas in East Dunbartonshire

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East Dunbartonshire had its greenest Christmas ever in 2013, with more people than ever before recycling trees, food, cards and wrapping.

A massive 21 tonnes of real Christmas trees were recycled, which will be turned into compost.

They were from kerbside collections as well as being delivered to tree collection points at Homebase Milngavie, Bishopbriggs Retail Park and William Patrick Library in Kirkintilloch.

The council responded to 590 requests from residents for garden collections and Christmas tree requests over the festive period, leading to a 15 per cent increase in tree recycling on the previous year.

A belly-busting 151 tonnes of food including turkeys, mince pies and Brussels sprouts also avoided the landfill sites, in the first year of food recycling in East Dunbartonshire.

During the festive period, 15 per cent more food was collected than in an average week since the scheme launched.

Residents in East Dunbartonshire also headed the message to send their cards and wrapping off for recycling, with a 21 per cent increase in dry recycling since the previous year.

Councillor Ashay Ghai, depute leader of the council and convenor of neighbourhood services, said: “We may not have had a white Christmas in East Dunbartonshire, but our residents made sure it was a green one.

“These figures make for a great Christmas story and prove that as well as having lots of fun over the festive period, people were also paying more than a passing thought to the environment.

“This year we gave residents two choices for recycling their Christmas tree; they could either bring it to one of our collection points or we could collect it from their home. It’s great to think that these trees are being pulped and used for compost, rather than rotting away on landfill sites.

“East Dunbartonshire has some of the highest recycling rates in the country and I’m pleased that this greenest of Christmases was a great end to a great year of recycling in this area.”