As you may have seen in our news last week, Dacorum Borough Council ran several Christmas tree chipping points on Sunday 6th January.
The annual reycling day, in its 23rd year, broke all previous records with more than 4,000 residents coming along to see their trees go through the chipper!
Recyclers were then able to take bags of chippings away with them to reuse in their gardens. The remaining chippings will be recycled into compost ready to eventually be returned to the soil to help new plants to grow.
Local Scout groups partnered with the council to run a collection service for any residents who were unable to bring their trees themselves. Scouts from Berkhamsted, Tring, Potten End, Kings Langley, Northchurch and Gossoms End all pulled together, working hard to collect trees from their local areas and bringing these along to chipping sites by the truck-load. Altogether the scouts collected around 15% more trees compared to last year.
Environmental Services Group Manager, Craig Thorpe said, ‘Thank you to everyone who has chosen to have a green start to 2019 by recycling their trees with us. We are really pleased that the number of trees being chipped is growing higher each year. A special thanks to the hard work put in by the Scouts to help this happen. This is a great end to a festive season where we have seen a substantial drop in the amount of waste produced, showing that residents are choosing to ‘reduce, reuse and recycle’.’
If you want help starting an eco-friendly resolution this year, the council has this handy guide which is full of useful hints and tips to help you reduce the amount of single-use plastic in your daily routine: www.dacorum.gov.uk/reusables
If you missed the Christmas tree chipping day, you can still recycle your real Christmas tree at the Household Waste Recycling Centres in Eastman Way in Hemel Hempstead or in Northbridge Road in Berkhamsted. Trees must not be left at any of the borough’s other recycling sites as this will be treated as fly-tipping.