A local charity is offering Brummies an easy way to recycle their Christmas trees this January, whilst raising vital funds for an important cause.
Birmingham St Mary’s ‘Treecycling’ scheme will see the Hospice collect thousands of used Christmas trees from residents’ doorsteps across the city, in return for a donation.
Using a fleet of volunteers and vans, the local Hospice will be picking up festive firs from a range of postcodes across Birmingham and Solihull, which will then be recycled into compost and biomass fuel.
The initiative – which takes place on Saturday 13 and Sunday 14 January – is the biggest of its kind in Birmingham, with an estimated 3,000 trees to be collected over the weekend. It is now in its seventh year and has so far raised an impressive £85k for the charity.
All funds raised from Treecycling will go towards Birmingham St Mary’s Hospice, which provides vital care and support to local families living with terminal illness across Birmingham and Sandwell.
Richard Green, Treecycling volunteer at Birmingham St Mary’s Hospice, said: “After all the festivities are over, getting rid of the tree can feel like a post-Christmas chore. With Treecycling though, we can save you both time and hassle by picking up the tree right from your doorstep, saving you from getting needles in your car and queuing for the tip.
“Not only is this scheme a fantastic way to be eco-friendly in the New Year but it will also help raise crucial funds for our Hospice. All of our services – whether they are provided at the Hospice, in people’s homes or in the local community – are completely free of charge and so we rely on the generosity of local people to help us provide our vital care to everyone who needs it.”
Treecycling is supported by the civil engineering contractor, Fitzgerald, who has generously provided staff for the collection weekend, vans and financial support since the scheme’s inception.
Nick Coley, managing director at Fitzgerald, said: “We have a long-standing partnership with Birmingham St Mary’s and it’s fantastic to be able to work together on the Treecycling campaign. Our employees always enjoy helping out during the collection weekend and it’s brilliant to know that every penny raised goes directly towards the Hospice. I know our staff are already looking forward to this year’s event and want to make it its biggest collection yet.”
Treecycling is part of the Hospice’s ‘Care at Christmas’ campaign – a festive appeal to boost support for individuals and families living with terminal illness. It will cost £22k to run the Hospice on Christmas Day so every penny raised will enable vital care, compassion and comfort to be available to more people, whenever and wherever they need it.
The postcodes that Treecycling will be collecting from, are: B13, B14, B15, B17, B26, B27, B28, B29, B30, B31, B32, B38, B90 and B90.
Update: Please note, we have now closed our bookings for this year’s Christmas Treecyling. We are unfortunately unable to accept any further bookings via our website or over the phone. Apologies for any disappointment caused.