Christmas tree collection: when do Christmas trees get picked up in Hemel Hempstead?

It's time to take down the tinsel and turn off the fairy lights.

Thursday, 2nd January 2020, 9:30 am
A tree actually is just for Christmas, but you can still do right by it afterwards. Picture:Shutterstock

Christmas time is officially over for another year.

What to do about that big tree sitting in the middle of your living room though?

The good news is that their are plenty of eco-friendly ways to dispose of it.

A real Christmas tree is extra festive and environmentally friendly if you dispose of it right. Picture: Shutterstock

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Can Christmas trees be recycled?

The Christmas tree is the centrepiece of any home’s festive makeover and, for many people, a real tree is a must. However, it would be a real shame to be discarding a whole tree every year after just a couple of weeks of use.

Fortunately, real Christmas trees can be effectively recycled – shredded into wood chippings or which are then used in parks and woodland areas, or turned into compost.

Interestingly, over in the Shetlands, Christmas trees are incinerated to provide hot water for locals through the coldest part of the year.

Having your tree disposed off properly can reduce its carbon footprint by up to 80 per cent. A real tree which is chipped or composted can ultimately have negligible, or even negative carbon emissions.

Comparatively, the carbon footprint of a two foot artificial tree is more than twice that of a real tree that ends up in a landfill. A fake tree also has to be used at least 10 times before it can be considered more environmentally friendly than a real tree.

Ultimately, more than 10 times as many fake trees end up getting incinerated each year.

So if you have a real tree, once you’re done using your tree to spread festive cheer, you can use it to help keep your hometown green.

How can I recycle my tree?

In the UK, most local councils will collect Christmas trees as part of their regular rubbish collection. Different councils have different requirements for this – some want it chopped up and placed in the appropriate bin, while others will take it whole.

Some councils charge for this service, others provide it for free and some are unable to provide it at all – in this case, the best option is to take your tree to a recycling centre. Your council’s website should contain instructions on where to find your nearest centre.

How can I recycle my tree in Hemel Hempstead?

Hemel Hempstead’s local Scout group are at hand to collect and recycle your Christmas tree in exchange for a small donation.

Alternatively, Hemel Hempstead also a recylcing centre at Cupid Green Depot, Redbourn Road, HP2 7BA where your tree can be chipped and turned into plant bedding. You can even bring a bag along to keep the chips to use in your own garden – apparently, they’re a great way to prevent weeds from growing!

For more information, go the Dacroum Borough council website.