A new campaign is urging Londoners to start 2008 on a green footing by encouraging them to recycle their Christmas trees.
It estimates that most of the 976,000 Christmas trees in the capital will be thrown away even though all 33 London boroughs are now offering additional Christmas tree recycling services.
On behalf of the campaign, London Assembly member Murad Qureshi helped recycle the Trafalgar Square Christmas tree by feeding the 22 metres tall and 6 metres wide tree into a chipping machine, where it will be shredded and composted.
He said: While Londons recycling rate is improving, we could all be doing much more to help increase it even further. I hope recycling the Trafalgar Square Christmas tree will encourage Londoners to make a greener start to 2008.
The post festive season is a great time to begin new habits with excess rubbish in all homes that can be recycled, such as glass jars and bottles, Christmas cards and trees. With local services improving increased recycling habits is one resolution that all Londoners can easily achieve.
Mayor of London Ken Livingstone added: Currently Londoners recycle less than a quarter of their rubbish, but we can actually do much more. I hope the chipping of the Trafalgar Square Christmas tree will encourage Londoners to think about how they dispose of their own trees.
If we dont recycle, our rubbish gets tipped into landfill sites, which are fast running out, or it gets burnt, adding to our contribution to climate change. The New Year is the perfect opportunity to take on some green resolutions, such as household recycling and I am encouraging all Londoners to try and make that extra bit of difference this year.