Record numbers recycle fir trees in council’s ‘chip shops’

The Reeder family take advantage of the tree-chipping service
The Reeder family take advantage of the tree-chipping service

Record numbers of residents turned out to recycle their Christmas trees at Dacorum Borough Council’s free recycling sites in Hemel Hempstead, Berkhamsted and Tring.

An amazing 2,692 trees were recycled - 642 more than last year - at recycling points across the borough on Sunday.

The Reeder family (pictured) from Berkhamsted, dragged their tree together through the High Street to the Water Lane car park to recycle it. Residents could take a bag of the Christmas tree chippings away to scatter on their garden as a natural weed preventative.

Any unclaimed chippings were sent away for composting.

1st Berkhamsted Scouts and 1st Tring Scouts groups again offered their services to collect trees from residents’ homes and transport them to the shredding sites.

David Austin, Dacorum Borough Council’s assistant director for Neighbourhood Delivery said: “This is the 19th year the Christmas tree recycling service has been running and it has grown in popularity every year with more and more people encouraged to recycle their tree and return with chippings.

“It is great to see the community coming together with the efforts of Tring and Berkhamsted Scouts and the Council recycling vast numbers of trees.

“Thank you to everyone who made the effort to recycle their Christmas trees this year.”

Real Christmas trees can still be recycled at any of the Herts County Council’s Household Waste Recycling Centres in Eastman Way in Hemel Hempstead and in Northbridge Road in Berkhamsted.

Christmas cards and wrapping paper (without any glitter or three dimensional decorations) can be recycled in the blue lidded bin or at the Household Waste Recycling Centres.

For more info visit 
dacorum.gov.uk/recycling or call 01442 228000.