Thursday, 19 January 2012

Green start to 2012 with tree recycling success in Worcester

Worcester residents got their New Year off to a green start by recycling approximately 3000 trees at designated City Council sites.

Over 5.466 tonnes of trees were collected from Homebase on the Hylton Road and Blooms Garden Centre on the Droitwich Road, and additional trees were left at the Council’s Household Recycling Centres on the Hallow and Bilford roads.

Sian Stokes, Recycling Officer at Worcester City Council, said: “It’s great to see such a large number of Worcester residents getting their New Year off to a green start, and working hard to reduce the amount of waste we as a city send to landfill.”

Worcester City Council was the first authority in the UK to offer tree recycling facilities, introducing the service in 1991.

All trees collected were taken to a composting facility operated by Severn Waste. They were converted in to a soil conditioner which improves soil fertility and structure.

Worcester residents can buy back the soil conditioner from either of the Household Recycling Centres in Worcester for just £2 a bag at:

- Bilford Road, Worcester WR3 8PU Tel: 01905 453610

- Hallow Road (off Horseford Road), Worcester, WR2 6BZ

Tel: 01905 421116


Anonymous said...

Please explain how recycling once living trees that have been ripped out and killed is a "green start"

Spaghetti Editor said...

I'm no expert and don't speak on behalf of the organisers but my guess is that it is considered 'green' because the trees are being recylced for compost which then goes back into the nitrogen cycle to feed new growth of new plants elsewhere. That seems pretty green to me compared to burning them or tipping them with other junk into land fill.

In regards to the trees being used in the first place, again I am a layperson in these matters but would assume that most Christmas trees are grown for the purpose in a managed way with new trees planted to replace the ones being sold. I would guess that people randomly ripping up trees from the natural environment is probably illegal.

Spaghetti Editor said...

Are you saying that you live in a house without wooden furniture, floorboards, doors, window frames, garden fencing, shed, desks, tables, chairs, kitchen utensils, shelving, etc? We have chopped down trees for thousands of years and my guess is that to manage forests properly a certain amount of trees have to be cut down. The issue is not about whether we use trees but how we manage the growth of replacement trees in a sustainable way. And of course, how we receycle wood waste as these people are doing.