RESIDENTS are being urged to recycle record numbers of Christmas trees following the festive season.
Last year Eastbourne Borough Council recycled 350 trees and is hoping to better that figure in the coming weeks.
There will be 17 temporary tree recycling points across the town, open from December 28 to Jan 13.
Trees are shredded and the chippings are used in local parks and gardens, adding to the total green waste recycled from Eastbourne.
The tree recycling sites will be located at:
l Hampden Park
l Princes Park
l Gildredge Park
l Archery Park.
l Car parks at Atlantic Drive, Fishermans Green, Treasure Island, Holly Place, Sevenoaks Road and College Road.
l Store car parks at Asda, Tesco in Lottbridge Drove, Homebase, B&Q, Sainsbury’s in Cross Levels Way, at Langney Shopping Centre and in Courtlands Road on the SITA Forecourt opposite ESK.
Posters will be displayed in participating stores to remind customers to recycle their trees and not simply dispose of them in other ways.
Small Christmas trees can be placed in green garden bins however all decorations must be removed.
Councillor Steve Wallis, Eastbourne Borough Council’s portfolio holder for the environment, said, “Last year our Christmas tree recycling sites proved a great success and this year we hope to smash our 2010 collection record of 350.
“Eastbourne residents have many ways of recycling this Christmas, whether it is trees, or items placed in the garden green bins and recycling boxes.
“I would urge as many people as possible to make it a green Christmas to remember.”
Details of the council’s recycling arrangements over the festive period can be found at www.eastbourne.gov.uk/recycling