EDDC turn Christmas trees into mulch

PUBLISHED: 15:30 12 January 2009 | UPDATED: 16:45 14 April 2010

GARDENERS at East Devon District Council have reduced nearly 300 Christmas trees to woodchip during a recycling initiative held on 9 and 10 January. Facilities were set up in four East Devon towns, enabling the public to bring along their old Christmas t

GARDENERS at East Devon District Council have reduced nearly 300 Christmas trees to woodchip during a recycling initiative held on 9 and 10 January.

Facilities were set up in four East Devon towns, enabling the public to bring along their old Christmas trees and have them recycled into woodchip by EDDC staff. At the half-day sessions, Exmouth and Sidmouth residents brought along nearly 100 trees each, whilst Honiton and Seaton contributed a further 50 trees each.

The woodchip produced by the operation is now being composted at EDDC's depot in Sidmouth and will be used as a water-retaining, weed-suppressing mulch on shrubberies around the district in 2010.

Councillor Graham Liverton, EDDC's Portfolio Holder for Environment, commented: "This is an example of recycling at its best. Not only is it an excellent way for residents to get rid of their old trees, without having to travel far to do so, but it will also have a positive long-term impact on the environment.

"Following the launch of the scheme in 2008, more people have taken advantage of the facilities this year, and I hope we will be able to extend it to other towns in the district in 2010".


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