Tens of thousands of Christmas trees collected - but please let us know if we’ve missed any!

Published: Friday, January 17, 2020

Today (Friday, January 17) is the last day of the council’s scheduled free Christmas tree collection service – but our crews will be out on the streets in the coming days looking for any that may have slipped through the net.

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Over the past fortnight the council has collected around 130 tonnes of unwanted trees. These will all now be turned into compost, some of which can be used in the borough’s parks and open spaces.

Most were picked up from front gardens - but many thousands also had to be removed from Wandsworth’s 440 miles of pavement after people dumped theirs on the street.

Collecting trees blocking pavements has been a priority over the course of the last two weeks, to prevent them causing obstructions to people with disabilities, wheelchair users and parents with young children in buggies.

If your tree has not been collected, or you wish to tell us about any that have been dumped on the highway please log it via the council’s website.

The council’s environment spokesman Cllr Steffi Sutters said: “We have collected tens of thousands of unwanted trees since January 6 - and we’ll be continuing to pick up any we come across in the coming days.

“We have been offering this free front garden collection service for many years, but it still always amazes me how many are chucked on the street before we’ve even had a chance to collect them from people’s gardens.

“That makes the job much more difficult and time consuming of course but I’m glad we’ve cleared so many thousands and would advise people whose tree may have been missed to get in touch with us so we can arrange it’s removal.

“Turning them all into compost will certainly help the council meet its important climate change targets.”