For the first time, Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council’s garden waste customers were able to leave their festive firs out for collection with their brown bin or sacks.
This was in addition to the 22 Christmas tree drop off points around the borough that residents could take their real Christmas trees to.
The 9,792 trees collected will now be transformed into ProGrow soil conditioner for gardens and wood chippings for borough council parks.
Cabinet Member for Environment and Enforcement Cllr Hayley Eachus said: “This year we made recycling your Christmas tree even easier to do by collecting real trees through our garden waste collection service, as well as our drop off points.
“It is great news that nearly 10,000 trees have been collected this year. We can all do our bit to help recycle more and residents can be pleased their green contribution will help our parks and gardens bloom.”
The council’s garden waste collection service takes place all year round, with a two week break over Christmas and New Year. Customers receive 25 fortnightly collections for an annual charge of £47. They have the option of buying a 240-litre capacity brown bin for £28.84 or receive two 90-litre sacks, with additional sacks available for a charge.
For more information or to sign up for the garden waste collection service visit www.basingstoke.gov.uk/gardenwaste