Council supports 'Christmas Tree-cycled' event in Chester Cathedral

3 December 2019

Cheshire West and Chester Council is supporting the ‘Christmas Tree-cycled’ event at Chester Cathedral which involves over 50 Christmas trees decorated with creative recycled decorations.

The ‘Recycle First’ team from the Council’s Waste Management service has sponsored a tree and decorated it with decorations made from previous waste collection calendars, plastic bottles, cans, paper, twigs and fabric.

In pride of place at the very top of the tree is an angel made from a recycled book donated by the Council’s Libraries Service.  ‘Joy the Angel’ was made from a statistics book by a librarian in Neston Library.

For 2019, the Christmas Tree-cycling Festival will raise funds for the charities Stick ‘n’ Step and Adoption Matters.

The Council’s Director of Place Operations, Maria Byrne said: “The Cathedral’s Christmas Tree festival is now in its seventh year and sees the cathedral cloisters filled with majestic Christmas trees decorated by local schools and businesses – it provides a beautiful, festive escape from the hustle and bustle of the streets outside.

“The event has an important message.  It is estimated that we will create more than three million tonnes of rubbish this Christmas in Britain. More than half of this could be recycled.  We can all do our bit to improve recycling rates and our Recycle First team have some top tips to boost your recycling this Christmas.”

Top festive recycling tips:
  1. Save space at home by dropping items at your local recycling centre.
  2. Flatten cardboard boxes before recycling to save room in your green recycling box.
  3. Remove ribbons, bows and other adornments before recycling wrapping paper and do the scrunch test on foil wrapping paper. This straightforward test involves screwing up discarded wrapping paper and checking whether it holds the shape.  If the paper remains scrunched, it can be recycled; if it unfurls or springs back, it needs to go into your black bin. 
  4. Remove all food from card and paper packaging and rinse plastic packaging and tins before recycling.
  5. Did you know that over 500 tonnes of old Christmas tree lights are thrown away each year? These can be easily recycled at home. Just put them in your green box.
Libraries across the borough have a wide range of crafting events using recycled materials planned in the coming weeks.  These include using books to make angels, candles and trees, as well as Children’s craft sessions to make sock snowmen, Christmas cards and reindeers from twigs.  Find out more at your local library.

This project supports the Council’s Climate Emergency agenda as it continues to work with partners, businesses and communities to develop a borough-wide response to tackle the Climate Emergency.

Helen Neal (Libraries) with Liz Ellis and Lisa Digby (Recycling Awareness) decorating the Recycle First tree at the Cathedral. 

A recycled tree ornament

Joy the Angel at the top of the tree

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