Now the festive season is over for another year, Ealing Council is reminding residents they can recycle real Christmas trees until the end of January.
In the first two weeks of January, 97 tonnes of garden waste was collected for recycling from homes compared with only 17 tonnes in the last two weeks of December. The majority of this steep increase is made up of Christmas trees. These trees will end up as a nutritious treat for parks and gardens after being recycled into compost.
There are a number of ways to recycle your real tree in Ealing. This year, for the first time, Ealing Council is collecting trees from the doorstep with the garden waste collection. If the tree is larger than 6ft in height or the trunk is 20cm in diameter, it needs to be cut in two for collection. They can be left out during January on the usual refuse and recycling collection day (at the front of the property, but not on the pavement where they can cause obstruction).
Residents, who live in flats and who don’t have a garden waste recycling service, can also take real Christmas trees of all shapes and sizes to a number of venues across the borough during the month of January. Trees can also be taken to one of the three Re-use and Recycling centres which accept all garden waste year round.
Councillor Bassam Mahfouz, cabinet member for Transport and Environment, said: “The new year is a great time to turn over a new leaf and recycle more and what better way to start than to recycle your real Chrismas tree. We want to make recycling as easy as possible for residents which is why we are collecting trees from the doorstep this year. The majority of residents in Ealing can recycle a wide range of items from their homes with the same ease as putting out the rubbish.”
Acton Re-use and Recycling Centre in Stirling Road, Greenford Re-use and Recycling Centre in Greenford Road, and Southall Re-use and Recycling Centre in Gordon Road are open Mon-Sun, 8am-5pm (between 1 April-30 September) and 8am-4pm (between 1 October-31 March).
Residents can take old Christmas trees (with all decorations removed) to the following locations:
Acton Green Common
Berkeley Fields (Berkeley Avenue entrance)
Churchfields, Hanwell (car park)
Ealing Central Sports Ground (Horsenden Lane South entrance)
Ealing Common (Junction of Grange Rd & The Common entrance)
Elthorne Park (Boston Road entrance)
Islip Manor Park (Eastcote Lane car park)
North Acton playing fields
Perivale Park (Cowgate Road entrance)
Ravenor Park (Oldfield Lane South & Ruislip Road entrance)
Rectory Park (Parkfield Drive entrance)
Southall Park (Green Drive entrance)
Spikes Bridge Park (West Avenue entrance)
Springfield Gardens (Rosemont Road entrance)
Walpole Park (Lammas Park Gardens entrance)
Ealing Council is currently running a Recycling Rewards scheme in which the 23 wards compete against each other to be the best or most improved at recycling.