Have a green Christmas: how to recycle your tree
Published: Tuesday, 19 December, 2017
Recycling your old Christmas tree can help a Gloucestershire charity support people with life limiting illnesses, thanks to a doorstep collection scheme.
This year, instead of providing skips for Christmas trees, Stroud District Council is asking its residents to take part in Longfield’s door-to-door real tree collection.
Every year the Minchinhampton-based charity provides free support and care to more than 900 people living with life limiting illnesses across the county. Volunteers who have signed up to the JustHelping scheme will pick up unwanted trees in return for a donation to help Longfield continue its care.
Julia Mundell, community and events manager at Longfield Hospice Care, said:
"When you’re taking your old Christmas tree to the recycling centre you inevitably get pine needles all over the boot of the car. For a small donation we can make sure you don’t spend the first weekend in January vacuuming your car out and you’ll be helping us to raise funds that we need to support our patients and their families.
"The trees will be shredded here at Longfield by Copse and Loggers. Our volunteers will accompany drivers to collect the trees and then help to bag up the shredding – what a great way to work off the excess pounds most of us gain over Christmas."
The suggested donation is £15 but can be made for as little as £5. Collections are available in areas including Stroud, Dursley, Wotton-under-Edge, and Cirencester and will be made from 12th night, Friday January 5, to Sunday January 7. They can be booked online through Stroud District Council’s website.
Longfield, which is the largest hospice-at-home provider in the county, hopes to shred 1,000 trees and volunteers who can help are welcome. The chippings will be used in the charity’s garden, or sold with proceeds going to the hospice.
Cllr Simon Pickering, chair of Stroud District Council’s environment committee said:
"A potted tree to bring in every year is the most sustainable way to enjoy a tree at Christmas. But if residents do have a real, cut Christmas tree, then using Longfield’s service is the best and easiest way to ensure they are recycled, with the added bonus of supporting a worthwhile cause."
Collections can be made from homes, businesses, schools, pubs and hotels, and must be registered on or before January 3. To book a collection and make a donation, visit www.stroud.gov/xmastree or visit www.charityxmastreecollection.com.
Anyone without internet access who wishes to arrange a collection can do so by calling Longfield on 01453 886 868.