Go “green” this Christmas


Residents are being asked to reduce their Christmas rubbish this year by going ‘green’ and recycling.

Once the festive season is over, residents in Tonbridge and Malling can compost their real Christmas trees by placing them in or next to their green-lidded bin.

Christmas trees placed in the green-lidded bin should have all decorations removed and should be broken down to ensure that no branches are thicker than three inches or more than two feet long.  As Christmas trees will be shredded at the composting facility, large trees may cause damage to the shredding equipment.  Generally, any tree up to 6 feet in length and with a trunk up to 3 inches in diameter can be placed out whole for collection. Any tree longer or wider than this should be cut up into smaller sections.

Residents may also take their Christmas trees to be recycled at one of the Household Waste Recycling Centres at Tovil (Maidstone), North Farm (Tunbridge Wells), Sundridge (Sevenoaks) and Swanley, which are run by Kent County Council.  Trees will be shredded and composted.

Christmas generates a lot of extra rubbish, but much of it can be recycled or composted.  As well as Christmas trees, residents can also recycle cardboard, Christmas cards and all left over food such as turkey bones and sprouts in their green-lidded bin.  Glass bottles and jars and plastic bottles can be recycled at the recycling banks around the borough.  A list of recycling banks can be found on Tonbridge & Malling Borough Council’s website at www.tmbc.gov.uk.

For more information contact Waste Services on 01732 876147 or email waste.services@tmbc.gov.uk.

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