By Leah Conway –
Have a real Christmas tree this year? Well, this year, when it’s time to get rid of it, you can recycle the tree and donate to local hospice charities at the same time.
Kirklees Council street cleansing teams are volunteering to support the “treecycle” scheme. They will collect and recycle Christmas trees from across the district in support of The Kirkwood Hospice and Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice. In exchange for the collection service, residents are asked to make a small donation to support the two charities.
Book a collection
The collections are split into two phases, between the two charities and to cover different postcode areas. Firstly, from 8 to 16 January, the collection will be made in support of the Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice.
This collection covers the postcodes: WF4, WF12, WF13, WF14, WF15, WF16, WF17, HD1, HD2, HD3, HD4, HD5, HD6, HD7, HD8, HD9, HX1, HX2, HX3, HX4, HX5, HX6, HX7, BD4, BD11, BD12, BD13, BD19, OL13, OL14 and LS28
To book a collection for one of these postcodes, please go to the Hospice’s website.
Likewise, Between 13 to 16 January the collection will support Kirkwood Hospice. The following postcodes can book this service: HD1, HD2, HD3, HD4, HD5, HD7 4, HD7 5, HD8, HD9 (excluding HD9 2), BD19, WF13, WF14, WF15, WF16 and WF17
To book a collection for one of these postcodes, please go to the Hospice’s website here.
“Tree-mendous late Christmas present”
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, [fewer] 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.”