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Londoners urged to recycle their trees

Trafalgar Square’s Christmas tree was turned into wood chip last week as Londoners were encouraged to recycle their trees.

Green Assembly member Jenny Jones and Young Environmentalist of the Year Chloe Qureshi put the 21.5 metre tree through a chipping machine, ready for it to be composted.

The Recycle for London campaign wants to encourage the capital’s residents to recycle the estimated 976,000 trees, 123 million Christmas cards, and 1.5 million pickle jars they are estimated to have got through this Christmas.

Jones said: “The Trafalgar Square Christmas tree will be recycled and used as compost in the flower beds in Parliament Square. I hope the recycling of the tree will encourage Londoners to think about recycling their own trees and other rubbish like old cards and wrapping paper, left over from Christmas and New Year.”

Londoners can go to the Recycle for London website and type in their postcode to obtain details of where to recycle their Christmas trees in their local area.

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