Christmas tree recycling earns local charity money

Veolia, the waste contractor for Shropshire Council are thanking residents for recycling their real Christmas trees this year by making a generous donation to the Shropshire Wildlife Trust.

Each year, thousands of real trees are recycled by Shropshire residents both at the kerbside (as part of the garden waste collection) or at the local Household Recycling Centres.

Speaking about the scheme, Cat Slaytor, Communications Manager for Veolia said: "As a way of thanking residents for recycling their real Christmas tree, Veolia will be making a donation to the Shropshire Wildlife Trust.  The Trust runs many tree planting schemes across the county and this seemed a fitting way to thank our residents."

Shropshire currently recycles just over 50% of its waste in Shropshire which is well above the national average. Trees taken for recycling by Veolia will be sent for processing on local farms to be turned into compost.  

Colin Preston, CEO of Shropshire Wildlife Trust passed on words of gratitude to Veolia, saying “this donation will directly benefit conservation at a grass roots level. Shropshire Wildlife Trust works with local communities to encourage people to work together to care for their local open spaces and this donation will go a long way to generating more work with communities in 2015”.

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James Thompson James Thompson

Waste Prevention Officer, Waste Management, Shropshire Council

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