The seasonal festivities are almost over for another year and many people are already taking down their decorations as we head into 2023.
If you were one of the thousands who chose to celebrate with a real Christmas tree in 2021 there are several options to recycle it in Birmingham for free.
The city council has set up four disposal points across the city.
There is no cost for the service, which runs until January 31, and anyone who wants to take advantage of this offer should drop their tree off between 9am and 4pm (any day of the week).
Disposal points for anyone with an unwanted real tree are identified close to the main entrance to each of the following parks:
- Cotteridge Park (Next to the car park on Franklin Road, B30 2HF)
- Sutton Park (Visitor Centre, adjacent to Town Gate, B74 2YT)
- Lickey Hills Country Park (at Warren Lane, B45 8ER)
- Sheldon Country Park (Old Rectory Farm, off Ragley Drive, B26 3TU)
You will need to make sure all plastic or metal is removed from the tree prior to drop off.
All the trees that are collected will be chipped and retained within the UK to create biomass electricity.
Alternatively, there is a charity service provided by the Hospice Charity Partnership. For a donation, the charity’s volunteers will collect your tree (subject to you living in a postcode area covered by the service), without the need to leave the comfort of your own home.
Your donation will help Birmingham St Mary’s and John Taylor Hospices provide specialist palliative care to people living with life-limiting illnesses, and their families, across the whole of Birmingham.
What has the City Council said?
Cllr Majid Mahmood, Cabinet Member for Environment at Birmingham City Council, said: “As usual, we’re pleased to offer a free-of-charge service for the responsible disposal of unwanted Christmas trees.
“They can be quite tricky items to get rid of due to the size and mess they can cause, so this gives residents a simple and convenient option from the comfort of home, rather than needing to make a booking for one of our Household Recycling Centres.
“There are also some other great options out there which benefit good causes for a small fee, such as the Hospice Charity Partnership service, which are a fantastic alternative in the season of goodwill, if you are able to support them.”