It costs the taxpayer £100 for every 40 Christmas trees that are sent to landfill instead of being sent for recycling, according to the Local Government Association (LGA), which said it is hoping for a Landfill Tax freeze in 2014.
With Christmas over, the LGA has urged that people recycling their Christmas trees, stating that failure to do so will ultimately end up costing the taxpayer.
The LGA also announced that it hopes landfill tax will be frozen in 2014, and that the money will be made available for reinvestment.
Recycling Christmas trees ultimately saves taxpayers money by reducing the amount of waste sent to landfill.
The LGA estimates it costs the taxpayer nearly £100 for every 40 trees sent to landfill. But by recycling Christmas trees instead of landfilling or incinerating them, councils can cut these costs in half.
Mike Jones, LGA – “We hope that 2014 will bring positive news from the Treasury that the ever-increasing landfill tax which cost taxpayers nearly £600m in 2013 will be frozen and made available for reinvestment in innovative recycling technologies which can help us meet recycling targets and save taxpayers money”
Trees that are recycled are either made into woodchips or turned into soil conditioner, which has a variety of uses including for agriculture and compost.
Councils offer Christmas tree recycling in a variety of ways, the LGA states: either by collecting Christmas trees with normal garden waste, having designated collections or organising drop-off points.
Cllr Mike Jones, Chair of the LGA’s environment and housing board, said: “Whether you take down the tree on the Twelfth Night or straight after the New Year, councils up and down the land will be geared up to take your Christmas tree.
“Christmas can be an expensive time, but councils are helping to keep costs down through increasing the range of things which can be recycled to save money and minimising expensive landfill.
“We hope that 2014 will bring positive news from the Treasury that the ever-increasing landfill tax which cost taxpayers nearly £600m in 2013 will be frozen and made available for reinvestment in innovative recycling technologies which can help us meet recycling targets and save taxpayers money.”