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RECYCLING DAY: Dacorum residents’ recycled Christmas trees help gardens grow 

 Published on: 14th January 2021   |   By: Geraint Roberts   |   Category: Uncategorized

Dacorum residents recycled their Christmas trees at chipping points throughout the borough last week.

The annual recycling day, held on January 10 which has been running for 25 years, looked a little different this year, with COVID-19 measures in place, but in spite of that, they still recycled just under 1,000 festive fir trees for residents free of charge.

There were chipping points set up at outdoor locations in Hemel Hempstead, Berkhamsted and Tring. The Berkhamsted location was changed to the Canal Fields car park to allow for better social distancing.

Normally, the event is joined by the many Dacorum Scout groups that run tree collection services for residents. Unfortunately, due to the pandemic they were not able to do so this year.

Residents were asked to stay inside their cars and wear masks at all times while crews unloaded the trees for them.

Despite all the safety measures in place, everyone was in good spirits and residents enjoyed watching the trees being chipped from their cars.

Almost all the Christmas trees were passed through the chipper and the chippings were available for residents to take away and reuse in their gardens as a weed preventative.

The remaining chippings will be recycled into compost ready to eventually be returned to the soil to help new plants to grow.

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