Council offers free Christmas tree recycling for residents

Christmas tree

As the festive season wraps up for another year, Tower Hamlets Council is offering free Christmas tree recycling in the next fortnight.

The council estimates it has collected more than 4,500 tonnes of commercial and household waste over the Christmas and New Year period.

A free collection of real Christmas trees will run from 7 to 21 January:

  • Residents who currently receive a kerbside food and garden waste collection are asked to remove any decorations from the tree and leave it out for collection on their usual scheduled day during this period.
  • Residents who do not have kerbside services are advised to request that their landlord or property management company arrange collections from nominated communal collection points.

The council is also reminding residents that unwanted electrical items and wrapping paper can be reused or recycled:

  • Unwanted fairy lights, gifts or appliances will be accepted by the council’s electrical items recycling service. Small items can be deposited in dedicated containers at Idea Stores and at Bethnal Green Library. Medium or large items such as food processors and DVD players can be handed into the Reuse and Recycle Centre on Yabsley Street, E14.
  • Excess wrapping paper that cannot be reused in future can be recycled in residents’ usual recycling bins. The only exceptions are papers that are shiny, metallic or glittery. If there is any doubt, the ‘scrunch test’ can help - if the paper can be easily scrunched into a ball by hand, and it stays in a ball, it can be recycled. 

Normal domestic, recycling and trade waste collections will resume from Monday 7 January 2019 following the revised Christmas timetable.

Mayor of Tower Hamlets, John Biggs, said: “As Mayor I’m committed to making Tower Hamlets a cleaner and greener borough. It’s great to see so many local people have been making use of our recycling and waste services over the festive season. As the festive period draws to a close, I strongly encourage everyone to make use of our free Christmas tree recycling offer and make recycling a priority for the year ahead.”

Councillor David Edgar, Cabinet Member for Environment said: “We all have a responsibility to recycle more and as a council we’re working to make it as easy as possible for residents to reduce the amount of waste particularly after the holiday period.”

Reusing and recycling goods, rather than letting them go to waste, is a top priority for the council.  The Mayor has pledged to increase the overall recycling rate to 35 per cent by 2022. To support this target, waste and recycling services will be brought in house from April 2020.

More information:

Find out more about waste and recycling over the holiday period.

To report a waste or street issue, please contact our Streetline service.

Posted on Friday 4th January 2019