Shrewsbury homeless charity to benefit from Christmas 'tree-cycling'

By Lucy Todman | Shrewsbury | News | Published:

Shropshire residents are being urged to recycle their real Christmas trees - and help raise money for a local charity that supports the homeless.

Trees collected will be turned into soil improver for local farmers and gardeners

For each tree that is recycled,Veolia, Shropshire Council's recycling and waste partner, will make a donation to the Shrewsbury Ark, which runs a daycare centre for the homeless.

Steve Mitchell, Veolia director, West Midlands, said: “During the first few weeks of January, residents can recycle their real Christmas trees by simply putting them out for collection either in or next to their garden waste bin. And as a way of thanking residents for recycling their real tree Veolia will make a donation to Ark.

“If their tree is more than five feet tall, they just need to cut it into sections to fit into the garden waste bin. All real Christmas trees collected will be ‘recycled’ (sent for composting) and turned into valuable soil improver for local farmers and gardeners.”

Last year, more than 4,000 real trees were recycled by Shropshire residents both at the kerbside and at one of the five household recycling centres in Shropshire which are in Oswestry, Shrewsbury, Craven Arms, Whitchurch and Bridgnorth.

Wendy Faulkner, acting manager of The Shrewsbury Ark, said: "The project relies on charitable funds. By recycling your real Christmas tree this year it will give us a great start in 2020.

"The donation will contribute towards us making a difference to people who are rough sleeping, homeless and vulnerable, by providing a safe space here in the Shrewsbury Ark where no-one is judged, where everyone is accepted and everyone is treated with dignity and respect.

"The generosity of the public in and around Shrewsbury never ceases to amaze us. Thank you to all those people who 'tree-cycle' from all of us who work, volunteer and use the Ark's services."

Shropshire currently recycles just over 54 per cent of its waste, which is well above the national average. To find out more recycling advice visit

Lucy Todman

By Lucy Todman

Senior reporter for the Shropshire Star and Shrewsbury Chronicle based in Shrewsbury.


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