Around 68,000 Christmas trees were bought in Glasgow over December most of which will be thrown away generating 1,360 tonnes of extra waste.
Glasgow City Council published this helpful information earlier in the year.
For households with a brown bin, real Christmas trees can be placed in your bin for kerbside collection on the date previously indicated in your managed weekly recycling calendar. Please cut the tree into manageable pieces and ensure that the lid will close and the tree is not wedged into the bin. Real trees can also be taken to the civic amenity sites at Queenslie, Polmadie, Shieldhall and Dawsholm or can be taken to the following locations from 3 January until 19 January:
- Pollok Park, Burrell Car Park
- Alexandra Park, off Alexandra Parade, car park next to the golf course
- Kelvingrove Park, Kelvin Way, grass area opposite adjacent to bandstand (as per signage)
The trees collected in the brown bins or taken to the recycling centres are sent for composting to our re-processing partners and the trees taken to the parks are chipped and shredded on site for use within the parks. Chippings will be available early January for the public to take free of charge from Pollok Park. Both disposal routes help to divert waste from landfill and assist the public to achieve a more sustainable Christmas.
Various local supermarket chains have also provided Christmas card recycling facilities in an effort to reduce the amount of Christmas cards sent to landfill.
We came across one of the facilities in a Sainsburys in the West End of Glasgow, although Tesco and Asda are offering similar facilities too.
In addition to mixed papers, plastic bottles, and food/drink cans, please remember that cardboard and cardboard packaging can go into the blue bins and please use your purple bin or you're nearest public collection point for glass bottles and jars.
Source: Glasgow City Council