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Recycle your Christmas tree

As the festive season draws to an end local politicians are urging residents to recycle their Christmas trees.

Southwark Council is collecting trees as part of the regular garden waste collection. All the trees will be reprocessed to make mulch that will help bring shrubs and flowerbeds back to life in the spring.

Skips for Christmas trees are also available at locations including Burgess Park and Southwark Park until Monday 29 January.

If you live in Lambeth your tree will be collected on the same day as your recycling on either the week beginning on 8 or 15 January. The council asks residents to make sure your tree is at the front of your property before 6am on the day of collection.

For Waterloo residents a Christmas tree recycling point has been set up in Archbishop's Park. The drop-off point is at the Carlisle Lane end and posters are displayed in the vicinity. The site will be operational until Sunday 21 January and is open between 9am and 3pm.

"Londoners can help the environment by reducing the amount of waste going to landfill or incineration," says Darren Johnson, chair of the London Assembly's Environment Committee.

"From Christmas trees to empty cans and bottles, we generate more rubbish during the festive season than any other time of year.

“Putting it in the bins, boxes or bags from your local council recycling scheme or donating your unwanted gifts to charity is in the spirit of a truly green Christmas.”

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