Tree-mendous way to boost recycling

East Dunbartonshire residents are being encouraged to help the environment during the festive period by recycling their Christmas trees.

From Monday,January 5, the council will be putting skips in Strathkelvin Retail Park Bishopbriggs, (far end of car park at B&Q), Homebase in Milngavie, William Patrick Library car park in Kirkintilloch and the Mavis Valley Recycling Centre in Bishopbriggs so that residents throughout the area can dispose of their Christmas trees in an environmentally friendly manner. The skips will be in place until Monday, January 19,

Last year the council collected over 20 tonnes of Christmas trees in skips at the four recycle locations, although this does not include the trees which were collected from householders on the kerbside.

The council’s convener of Neighbourhood Services, Councillor Ashay Ghai, said: “By recycling your Christmas tree you are disposing of it in an environmentally friendly way.

“Last year’s figures were encouraging but I am keen to do even better this year and prevent any trees being needlessly sent to landfill.

“If anyone wants to recycle their Christmas tree but cannot take it to one of our tree recycling points, they can call the Customer Contact Centre on 0300 123 4510, who will arrange for the tree to be picked up for recycling FREE in the week commencing 19 January 2015.

“Last year 25,143 tonnes of waste were sent to landfill by the council, which was a fall of almost 8,000 tonnes on the previous year.

“While this is a positive step, more will need to be done if we are to continue to reduce the amount of waste going to landfill and to reach the increasingly challenging recycling targets. The less waste we send to landfill the less we spend on landfill tax.”

Councillor Ghai is urging all residents to make recycling their New Year resolution for 2015.

He continued: “We all need to recycle as much as we possibly can from our homes and I’d encourage all our residents to start 2015 with a big recycling effort, starting with their Christmas trees in January.”

Christmas trees collected in East Dunbartonshire are composted into compost/soil improver for use in gardens.