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Now your used Christmas tree is just plain pulp!

PUBLISHED: 15:30 06 January 2009 | UPDATED: 13:56 05 October 2010



Picture: Spencer Griffiths

Picture: Spencer Griffiths

Spencer Griffiths

IT DIDN’T take long for old Christmas trees to pile up for recycling in East London after the holiday. We hadn’t even reached the official 12th Day of Christmas when householders had already started carting their used trees to the council recycling depot at Blackwall on the Thames waterfront

By Dean Willis

IT DIDN’T take long for old Christmas trees to pile up for recycling in East London after the holiday.

We hadn’t even reached the official 12th Day of Christmas when householders had already started carting their used trees to the council recycling depot at Blackwall on the Thames waterfront.

The first trees were dropped off before the weekend. By the 11th Day of Christmas a huge pile of 100 or more trees had built up, with more arriving each day.

Tower Hamlets council has been keen to get families to recycle their trees and help get it off the bottom of the nation’s local authority recycling league table.

It has managed to double the East End’s recycling from seven to just over 13 per cent of household waste, but remains at the bottom of the table for the second year running. So every little Christmas tree helps!

One man doing his bit for recycling was Ian Brown (pictured) who turned up from his home nearby on the Isle of Dogs with his little tree still in its red pot. His festive centrepiece joined the rest of the pile which was soon picked up by lorry and whisked off to Rainham in Essex, to be mulched into garden compost.

That should help save the planet a little.


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