Recycle your Christmas tree and help two amazing local hospices

Kirklees residents are being urged to support two local hospices and going greener by getting involved with a “treecycling” campaign this year.

Boxing Day, New Year’s Day, 6th January… there’s always been a debate about what day is the correct day to take your Christmas trees down and allow your house to return to some semblance of normality. Whichever day you decide to do it, it’s safe to say it’s not the easiest jobs in the world.

For those who have purchased a real Christmas tree this year – which according to a recent survey nearly 8 million of us Brits have done so – the stress can be even higher trying to work out what to do with it and how to ‘dispose’ of it correctly.

Luckily, you can now get rid of your trees whilst helping to ‘do your bit’ for two amazing local charities. Both The Kirkwood and Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice are once again collecting and recycling Christmas Trees in exchange for a small donation.

Kirklees Council are also supporting the initiative – the Kirklees Council street cleansing teams will be volunteering their time in support of The Kirkwood Hospice and Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice by helping them to collect and recycle Christmas trees from local residents.

Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice volunteer collecting a Christmas Tree to be recycled.

From 8th to the 16th of January, collections will be made on behalf of Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice (Minimum donation of £10). Collections on these dates will cover the following postcodes: HD1, HD2, HD3, HD4, HD5, HD6, HD7, HD8, and HD9,

To book a collection for one of these postcodes, please go to the Hospice’s website here: https://www.forgetmenotchild.co.uk/christmas-tree-collections

Between the 13th to 16th January the teams will be collecting trees to support Kirkwood Hospice. Collections on these dates will cover the following postcodes:  HD1, HD2, HD3, HD4, HD5, HD7 4, HD7 5, HD8, and HD9 (excluding HD9 2), BD19, WF13, WF14.

To book a collection for one of these postcodes, please got the Hospice’s website here www.charityxmastreecollection.com.

Forget Me Not’s director of income generation, Gareth Pierce said “The service is so simple and makes it easy to get rid of your Christmas tree once the festivities are over. All you have to do is place your order online and then sit back and relax knowing it’s taken care of.”

“We’ll collect your tree in January and make sure it’s safely recycled – making it so much more convenient than a trip to the tip. Say goodbye to those pesky pine needles filling up your car!”  

“Every penny raised through this service will help us support local children and families – and after another tough year for fundraising, this is a really easy way for the local community to support us. We really hope the public will get behind us by ordering a tree collection with us.”

Mark Doyle, one of Kirklees Council’s Street Cleansing Team busy “treecycling” during last year’s campaign.

Speaking about the Christmas Tree collections, Councillor Will Simpson, Cabinet Member for Culture and Greener Kirklees said:

“This is the fourth year that we have volunteered with our charity partners to help in the treecycling of Christmas trees.  Last year we helped collect over 2,500 Christmas trees that went on to be turned into wood chippings to be used as top dressings on soil in local parks, sports fields and farms, while some got turned into biomass for green heating. We are hoping to collect and recycle even more this time. As a result, less trees will be inappropriately disposed of, valuable nutrients will be put back into the earth and substantial funds will be raised for two very important local Hospices. Last Christmas the campaign raised over £33,0000 and, fingers crossed, we can smash that figure and give the hospices a tree-mendous late Christmas present.”

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