Environment

That Christmas tree can still be useful  

By Sarah Edwards

With Christmas now just a memory and Twelfth Night tomorrow (Saturday) it is time to take down and store away the decorations for another year. But don’t forget, that real Christmas tree that may have been the centre of celebrations in your home for the last few weeks can still be useful.

Oxford City Council can recycle real Christmas trees. Leave yours, without the lights, pot or decorations, next to the blue bin or sacks on collection day, starting from the week beginning 9 January for those in the south of the city (red collection zone) or week beginning 16 January for those in the north (blue collection zone). The Council will collect them for free and recycle them into compost (you don’t need a brown bin subscription). Last year the City Council composted around 5,000 Christmas trees.

Councillor John Tanner, Board Member for a Clean and Green Oxford, said: “When you have finished with your real Christmas tree the City Council will collect it to recycle. Make sure that the tree is stripped of its decorations and lights and take it out of its pot. The Council can then take the tree away for free and turn it into rich compost that will be used on local farmland – that’s much better than sending it to be incinerated.” 

Residents in flats that do not have kerbside collections, or anyone wishing to recycle their tree before the collections begin, can take their trees to one of the 12 collection points across the city instead. These are open until 14 January and are located at:

• Alexandra Tennis Courts, Middle Way, Summertown
• Leys Pools and Leisure Centre car park (formerly Blackbird Leys Leisure Centre)
• Bury Knowle Park, North Place car park
• Cutteslowe Park, Harbord Road car park
• Florence Park, Cowley
• Hinksey Park, off Abingdon Road
• Long Lane, Littlemore
• Margaret Road Recreation Ground
• Meadow Lane Recreation Ground, Jackdaw Lane
• Oatlands Recreation Ground, Ferry Hinksey Road (car park)
• South Park, Morrell Avenue
• Sunnymead Recreation Ground, by play area

To find out more visit the Recycling at Christmas page on the Council’s website, www.oxford.gov.uk/christmasrecycling