Edinburgh councillor explains why Christmas trees remain on streets three weeks after Christmas

An Edinburgh Councillor has said that the city’s Christmas tree collection issues will continue unless a new system is put in place.

As more and more people opt to display natural Christmas trees as the centrepiece of their home, the struggle for adequate collection increases.

Stripped bare of their twinkling lights and baubles and left on the concrete, the city has become a graveyard of Christmas trees in the weeks after the festive season.

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Green Councillor for Edinburgh City Centre, Claire Miller, said that the council have yet to come up with a solution.

“The reason we don’t have something better in place is budget, resources and because it is expensive to employ extra people to go out and collect [abandoned trees] across the whole city in a very short time window,” Miller told EN4 News.

According to the British Christmas Tree Growers Association (BCTGA), eight million real Christmas trees are sold in Britain each year, more than half a million are purchased in Scotland alone.

City residents have taken to social media to highlight the issue, and mourn the Christmas trees past.

According to Zero Waste Scotland, most Scottish councils offer recycling or compost services to ease the struggle of discarding the trees that aren’t put in our attic for years to come.

The City of Edinburgh Council have written a guide to easily recycling your own Christmas trees with most Household Waste Recycling Centres open seven days a week.

Miller said that she puts her Christmas tree into her garden bin and explained that the trees collected often have the same fate. “They’re used in a really sustainable way. I think what we need to be doing is making sure that all those trees are used for those kinds of purposes and that they are recycled.”

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