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New lease of life for discarded Christmas trees

New lease of life for discarded Christmas trees

Mon, February 05, 2018

Christmas trees left at a recycling centre in Limavady have been transformed into an important resource for Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council.

The firs were chipped by staff on-site and turned into a useful mulch which will be used for top dressing and general horticulture work across the Borough.

It’s a different ending for the trees, which are usually transported to Council’s composting centre at Letterloan for processing into a nutrient rich natural fertilizer.

The localised solution offers a number of benefits as the Mayor of Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council, Councillor Joan Baird OBE, said: “I’m delighted to learn that we are turning a potential waste product into something useful for Council and the Borough with reduced transport and treatment costs. By chipping these Christmas trees, Council staff have created a very important resource which is capable of providing nutrients while also supressing weed growth around our trees and shrubs.  As a Council, we look forward to working in continued partnership with all residents to encourage a resource efficient future for our Borough.”

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Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council staff members Alan Guy, George Kealey, Gilmour Haslett who were involved in chipping the Christmas trees to create a useful mulch.