Locals being encouraged to dispose of their Christmas trees responsibly

People across the Bath area are being encouraged to dispose of their real Christmas trees responsibly once the festive season has come to an end.

There are various options available for residents to recycle their trees after Christmas.

People living in the BA1, BA2, BA3 and BS31 postcode areas can take advantage of the annual Christmas tree collection service being offered by local charity Dorothy House.

For a small donation, residents can book to have their tree collected between 7th and 9th January and help raise much-needed funds for the charity.

Bookings are open until 6th January at www.charityxmastreecollection.com.

Alternatively, Bath & North East Somerset Council is offering a bookable free collection service.

Residents can book two collections over a period of four weeks from 17th January, when garden waste services resume, even if they don’t have a green bin.

Trees should be cut up small enough to fit in the lorry, to less than 1.2m and decorations removed.

To book a collection, visit www.bathnes.gov.uk/gardenwaste, call Council Connect on 01225 394041 or visit one of the council’s One Stop Shops.

The council will not pick up any trees that have not been booked for collection.

Residents can also take their tree to any of the council’s recycling depots. All trees will be chipped and turned into compost.

Councillor David Wood, joint cabinet member for Climate Emergency and Neighbourhood Services, said: “We make it easy for residents to recycle their real trees so there’s no need for them to end up in landfill.

“We’re happy to collect them if you book, you can bring them to one of our recycling centres or you can support Dorothy House and book a collection from them.

“As the New Year approaches, I’d like to encourage people to consider supporting a community tree planting event and help us met our target to increase tree cover in the area to help tackle the climate emergency.

“These will be happening across Bath and North East Somerset and will be publicised locally and on social media.

“We’ll also be holding another tree sale after Christmas at our Radstock Road depot. It’s worth noting that besides us, there are many other organisations offering trees such as The Queens Green Canopy, The Woodland Trust & The Tree Council so get involved and help tackle the climate emergency.”

Bath Echo