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Lambeth boost Christmas tree recycling collection by a third, saving thousands of pounds

Cllr Imogen Walker,

Cllr Imogen Walker, Cabinet member for Environment & Sustainability, at Clapham Common with collected Christmas trees before they were sent off for recycling

Residents have helped save Lambeth Council save more than £6,300 by part taking part in this year’s Christmas tree recycling programme.

In total 85 tonnes of real Christmas trees have been collected for recycling this year, a big increase from the 56 tonnes collected last year.

Cllr Imogen Walker, Cabinet member for Environment & Sustainability, said: “I’m delighted that so many residents have taken part in the recycling programme this year. I want to say a big thank you for their efforts which have exceeded our expectations.

“It is brilliant that we have managed to save this much money in disposal charges, especially in these times of constrained budgets.”

Kerbside collections of real Christmas trees ran for a week from January 7 alongside regular rubbish collections.

The collected trees are turned into compost for use on farmland and so diverted from alternative more expensive disposal methods. Lambeth Council has been running the kerbside collection service for real Christmas trees for the past six years.

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