Happy New Year.
And a reminder, now that twelfth night is approaching, that the council is once again recycling Christmas trees.
On normal collection days from tomorrow (5 January) until 18 January trees will be collected free of charge, then shredded to become compost.
It’s impossible not to notice trees starting to litter the streets, they should only be put out the evening before collection, and even then not on the street unless there is no other option – the council will collect trees (and your normal rubbish and recycling) from your front garden so there’s never any need to block the pavement.
If you waited until Twelfth Night to remove your decorations (many don’t, even though they put them up in November) you might well have a Christmas Tree on your hands today – one a bit like William the wonky Christmas tree, pictured to the left, who served us well.
As usual the council will be composting Christmas Trees.
Leave your tree with your rubbish on your usual collection day between 11 and 23 January the council will take it, chip it and turn it into mulch.
If, like me, you are overly sentimental and name your trees you might think this is a harsh way to treat someone who has become a family member over Christmas. However, it’s a lot more dignified than the alternative his predecessor, Ted, suffered. We tried to keep him as part of the family, but he died a slow, cold and lonely death following our failed attempt to plant him in our back garden.
Trust me, your tree would want it this way.