A fine time to compost pines

People who are sprucing up their homes as the tinsel comes down are being reminded of the advantages of composting their real Christmas trees.

Published: Wednesday, 3rd January 2018

Residents can put their festive conifers out for collection via Cherwell District Council’s brown bin service, which is used year-round for recycling food and garden waste.

If the trees do not fit into the brown bin, they can be left next to it on collection day. The district’s Christmas trees will then be taken to an in-vessel composting site at Ardley where they are composted at high temperatures before being redistributed to farmers as compost.

Cllr Debbie Pickford, Cherwell's lead member for clean and green, said: “When the festivities draw to a close, taking the tree down can feel a bit sad. But it’s great to think that real Christmas trees can be given a second life as compost.

“Many of our trees will still have their roots and that means they can be rehoused in the garden and, if looked after properly, reused in the years to come, saving money and reducing the environmental impact of future Christmases.  

“Trees that are shedding their needles and need to be disposed of make great compost. Soil is a very precious resource for our food chain and processing biodegradable waste properly is an important way of helping sustain it. It’s nice to think that our Christmas trees – as well as our food and garden waste – will be helping support future food crops between now and next Christmas.”

Residents are being asked to cut trees which are six foot high or over in half to make it safe to load them into the council’s recycling trucks.

They should also ensure that all decorations are removed from the trees before putting them out for collection.