St Albans community groups and businesses supported The Hospice of St Francis this month, collecting over 1,800 Christmas trees in their sixth annual collection and recycling them into compost with the help of service company Veolia.
In its sixth and most successful year to date, the collections raised an incredible £32,000, and have in total raised £112,000 for the Hospice which specialises in providing care for patients living with cancer, heart disease and a wide range of life-limiting illnesses.
Residents were encouraged to recycle their Christmas trees which reduces their carbon footprint by up to 80 per cent. This is around 3.5kg CO2e per tree so by recycling a total of 1,800 trees into valuable compost, Veolia has helped residents of St Albans save over 6 tonnes of CO2e. That’s the equivalent of taking over 4,000 cars off the road and is just one of many ways Veolia is helping the Council on their net zero journey and to deliver ecological transformation which is Veolia’s purpose.
Local volunteer collection groups included the Harpenden Lions, St Albans Lions, Hemel Hempstead Rotary, Seven Dwarves Rugby 7s and Culverhouse Gardens Ltd, JDR Tree Care and Nick Rogers and Veolia and St Albans District Council provided the means to recycle the trees into compost contributing to its outstanding recycling record.
Nikki Mills, Veolia’s St Albans Contract Manager, said: “Thank you once again to all of the residents whose generosity has helped to support this wonderful tradition. We are proud of the efforts from all of the volunteers who came together for the collections this year. All of the collected trees have been recycled which helps keep up our proud tradition of maintaining one of the highest recycling rates in England.”
Hannah Greenshields, Community Fundraiser at The Hospice of St Francis, said: “A hospice is a gift a community gives to itself and we have been blown away by the enormous amount of support for our Christmas Tree Collection. It’s a vital fundraiser, helping our free care continue for local families. A massive thank you to all of our wonderful supporters for registering their trees, and to our team of 82 volunteers who gave up their precious time! A special shout out to the incredible local groups alongside the amazing Veolia. We couldn’t do it without you all.”
Councillor Allison Wren, Lead Councillor for Recycling for St Albans City and District Council, said: “I am delighted that we have supported this great cause once again and that a record sum has been raised.
“My heartfelt thanks go to the volunteers involved in collecting the trees and the many residents who made a donation.
“The collection service has not only contributed a substantial amount of money to the Hospice of St Francis, it has also promoted our efforts to maintain the District’s very high recycling rate. It is very pleasing that the trees have been made into compost rather than being burned or left to rot.”
For more information on how to recycle in St Albans please visit www.stalbans.gov.uk/recycling-and-rubbish.