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2 January 2014, 08:43
People living in Tewkesbury are being encouraged to get 2014 off to a green start by recycling their Christmas trees.
Tewkesbury Borough Council's Treecycle scheme means residents can take their real Christmas trees to one of 11 locations across the borough for it to be collected and composted.
The scheme has been running for nine years and each year it prevents thousands of trees from being sent to landfill.
Trees can be taken to any of the Household Recycling Centres in Gloucestershire, or any of the places below from 4 -20 January 2013:
Blooms, Evesham Road, Bishop's Cleeve
Dawn Nurseries, Main Road, Little Shurdington
Dundry Nurseries, Bamfurlong Lane, Staverton
GL3 Community Hub, Cheltenham Road East, Churchdown
Gotherington Nurseries, Gretton Road, Gotherington
Greenway Nurseries, Main Road, Shurdington
Norton Garden Centre, Tewkesbury Road, Down Hatherley
Pamington Farm, Pamington, Nr. Tewkesbury
Tewkesbury Garden Centre, Worcester Road, Tewkesbury
Toddington Garden Centre, Toddington Railway Yard, Toddington
Wyevale Garden Centre, Shurdington Road, Brockworth
Alternatively, local residents subscribed to the council's garden waste collection service can recycle their trees in their brown garden waste bins. Trees must be in the bin and if they are taller than 8ft, must be cut in half to allow them to enter the vehicle safely.
Only real Christmas trees can be composted and all decorations must be removed beforehand.
Lead Member for Clean and Green Environment Cllr Jim Mason said: ''We want as many of our residents as possible to recycle their Christmas trees so we've tried to make it as easy as possible through Treecycle and our garden waste service. We already know our residents are fantastic recyclers and we hope they will join us in kick starting 2014 off to a green start by helping us to compost their trees.''