Shred a tree to help raise cash

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Festive folks are being urged to go green by taking their Christmas trees to one of Nottinghamshire County Council’s recycling centres.

Once the decorations come down, flaking trees can be taken the centres on Mansfield’s Kestral Road, Warsop’s Oakfield Lane, Kirkby’s Sidings Road and Bilsthorpe’s Brailwood Road, open between 8am and 4pm.

As part of the Treecycle campaign, the council’s waste management contractor, Veolia, are urging people to shred the trees for composting or chipped for use in parks and gardens.

For every 50 tonnes of Christmas trees and other garden waste sent for recycling throughout January, Veolia will donate £100 to The Ear Foundation – the chosen charity of county council chairman, Coun Pauline Allan, for her year in office.

“The Ear Foundation is an excellent charity which does such sterling work, helping to transform the lives of deaf people,” said Coun Allan.

“I hope residents recycling their real trees this year will help us raise as much money as possible to enable that work to continue.”

Kevin Parker of Veolia said: “Our Treecycle campaign has proved really popular over the last eight years.

“Last year 650 tonnes of trees were recycled rather than being sent to landfill. We are aiming for our recycling rates to be the best yet.”