Leeds hospice launches Christmas tree collection service

Christmas tree with presents and fireplace with stockings --- Image by � Royalty-Free/Corbis
Christmas tree with presents and fireplace with stockings --- Image by � Royalty-Free/Corbis
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Bosses at St Gemma’s Hospice are launching a new scheme - a first for Leeds - for a doorstep collection service to recycle used Christmas trees.

The project will invite cash donations from residents in eligible areas of the city in return for having trees picked up after Christmas and recycled at council waste sites.

It has received support from Just Helping - a charity set up to help hospices - as well as Leeds City Council and local companies including McCarthy’s Removals and Leeds Commercial Vehicle Hire. Residents in the following postcodes can register for the scheme at www.st-gemma.co.uk/treecollection: LS6, LS7, LS8, LS14, LS15, LS16, LS17, LS18, LS19, LS20. Collection dates will be Friday 9 and Saturday 10 January 2015.

St Gemma’s fundraiser Nicola Hayes said: “After registering, people can sit back and enjoy the remnants of their mulled wine and mince pies while happily knowing they have helped raise thousands for St Gemma’s and made the world a greener place.

“This January we are looking at a select number of postcodes, but who knows what might happen in the next few years.

“With the help of local businesses and the council we really hope that this will be an annual project and all of Leeds will be able to benefit from it.”

Mike McCarthy, managing director of McCarthy Removals and Storage, said: “What to do with your Christmas tree after the 12th night is always something you don’t want to have to think about, so this offers a simple solution for people and they have the benefit of helping this wonderful charity and also doing their bit for the environment.”

Coun Mark Dobson, executive member for cleaner and safer communities, said: “We’re happy to support this scheme and hope people in eligible post codes take advantage of the offer and help raise funds for St Gemma’s.”