An innovative scheme which benefits both hospice patients and the environment is being expanded this January, thanks to the success of a pilot project earlier this year.
Birmingham St Mary’s Hospice Christmas Tree Recycling Scheme, which first launched in Harborne and Edgbaston in January 2012, will next year cover:
- Bournville (B30)
- Moseley and Kings Heath (B13/14)
- Hall Green (B28)
- Harborne (B17)
- Edgbaston (B15)
The initiative is being supported by Ames (Altek Midlands Environmental Services), Birmingham City Council and Veolia Environmental Services.
Members of the public celebrating Christmas by decorating their homes with a real Christmas tree are invited to let the Hospice collect the unwanted conifer on the weekend of January 12 and 13.
In return for a minimum donation of £5, your tree will be transported by volunteers at Ames to Birmingham City Council’s Lifford Lane Household Recycling Centre and James Road in Tyseley, where it will be turned into compost by Veolia Environmental Services.
Scheme organiser Amy Moore, a community fundraiser at the Hospice, said the charity was very excited about covering a larger area in 2013.
She said: “We received a fantastic response to our pilot scheme back in January, with well over 100 people having their trees collected and donating above the suggested amount. So we are confident it will prove popular across a larger area.”
Amy added: “The great thing about the campaign is that it helps people solve the problem of how to dispose of that unwanted Christmas tree, whilst doing good for the environment by creating compost. And crucially, the funds raised will make an important contribution towards ensuring local people with life-limiting illnesses are able to get the best possible care. It’s a win-win all round.”
If you live in one of the above listed postcode areas and would like to take advantage of Birmingham St Mary’s Hospice Christmas Tree Recycling Scheme, please contact Amy on 0121 472 1191 or at [email protected]. Alternatively, go to www.bsmh.org.uk/christmas the collection will take place on Saturday 12 and Sunday 13 January 2013.