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London's Christmas tree recycled

Trafalgar Square tree
Londoners are being urged to make sure their Christmas tree is recycled

Londoners are being encouraged to recycle their Christmas trees rather than having them end up in a landfill.

Deputy Mayor Richard Barnes was joined by children from the Chickenshed theatre company to feed Trafalgar Square's giant tree into a chipper.

It is estimated that 976,000 trees were bought in London over the holidays.

All London boroughs are offering some form of tree recycling, with most offering home collection. Some have designated drop-off points.

Mr Barnes urged residents of the city to begin the new year on a green note by ensuring they recycle greeting cards and wrapping paper and glass bottles or jars.

The Trafalgar Square tree, a 65ft (20m) tall annual gift from the people of Norway, will be turned into compost that will in turn be used on Parliament Square's flower beds this spring.

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