How to take advantage of the free service
The council will again be recycling residents' Christmas trees free of charge. These will be shredded and turned into compost.
If you want to take advantage of the service make sure that all decorations, pots and stands have been removed. This service applies only to real trees, not artificial ones.
Trees will be collected from people’s front gardens on their scheduled refuse and recycling collection days between Tuesday, January 5 and Monday, January 18.
Residents with front gardens should place trees for collection alongside their dustbins and recycling sacks inside their gardens. Those without front gardens can place them on the pavement directly in front of their home but only if it does not cause an obstruction. Trees should not be left out for collection any earlier than 6.30pm on the day before the collection is due.
People who live in blocks of flats should leave their trees near to their refuse bin store, making sure they do not block access.
Residents are being strongly urged not to abuse this free collection service by dumping trees on the street or in the road. The council points out that this is totally unnecessary as they will be collected free of charge from the front of people’s homes. People who dump trees block pavements and parking bays and can cause difficulties for people in wheelchairs and those with pushchairs or buggies.
Anyone caught dumping their Christmas tree on the highway and causing an obstruction risks being issued with an £80 on-the-spot-fine.
January 13, 2016