Be a Christmas star and recycle your Christmas tree and cards - that's the message to green-minded East Dunbartonshire residents.
Some 680,000 Christmas trees are bought each year in Scotland, most of which are thrown away, generating over 13,000 tonnes of extra waste.
Last year East Dunbartonshire collected over 25 tonnes of Christmas trees for recycling. From Friday 6 January 2017 you can dispose of your tree in a skip at these locations:
- West Carlston Garden Centre in Torrance
- Homebase in Milngavie
- William Patrick Library car park in Kirkintilloch
- Mavis Valley Recycling Centre in Bishopbriggs.
Councillor Stewart MacDonald, Convener of Neighbourhood Services, said, “Real Christmas trees are lovely, but it’s important to recycle them when the festivities are all over.
"If you’re not able to take it to one of the recycling points, just call the Customer Contact Centre on 0300 123 4510 and one of our agents will arrange for it to be picked up week beginning 16 January.
“By recycling your Christmas tree you are disposing of it in an environmentally friendly way.
"Last year's figures were encouraging but I am keen to do even better this year and prevent any trees being needlessly sent to landfill.
"Don’t forget to recycle your Christmas cards too – these can be placed in the blue bin with paper and card.”
Councillor MacDonald is urging all residents to make recycling their New Year resolution for 2017. He continued, “We all need to recycle as much as we possibly can from our homes and I’d encourage all our residents to start 2016 with a big recycling effort, starting with Christmas trees and cards, to help us as we work towards achieving the Scottish Government Zero Waste target of 60% recycling by 2020.”
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