Somerset Waste Partnership (SWP) is asking people to plan ahead and say a green goodbye to their Christmas trees and other festive waste.
With twelfth night on the way, residents will be thinking about how to dispose of the real Christmas trees currently brightening up homes across the county. The best option is to compost it at home or turn it into a wildlife corner, though we appreciate that will not be possible for many people.
Garden Waste Service subscribers can leave their tree out with their next collection. Trees will not be collected from the kerbside unless you subscribe to the Garden Waste Service. If you are not subscriber, please take your tree to one of SWP’s 16 recycling sites and put in the garden waste skip.
The sites are open on their full winter schedule apart from New Year’s Day and are a good way to clear the decks of large loads of other festive recycling like paper gift wrap and cardboard.
For full details of site opening times visit the Somerset Waste website.
SWP’s garden waste collections restart on Saturday 9 January when crews will be making the collections they would usually have made on Friday, 8 January. Normal garden waste collections resume from Monday 11 January.
Trees being collected from subscribers must be no taller than 6ft tall and have a trunk no wider than 4in in diameter. Anything bigger will need to go to recycling site because they will be too big for crews and trucks to cope with. Please aim to have your tree collected as soon as possible and certainly before the end of January.
Mark Ford, a spokesperson for SWP has told Tone News:
For the tens of thousands of people subscribed to our garden waste service, the answer is simple. If you’re not a subscriber, please think ahead and plan a trip to one of our recycling centres.
“If you think a friend or neighbour might struggle to take their own, you could offer to take theirs too if you have the space. A trip to the recycling centre is also a good way to get rid of other recycling such as cardboard and wrapping paper that may have built up over the festive period.