|Don't Dump Trees On The Streets!|
A message from Wandsworth Council
The council is urging residents not to dump unwanted Christmas trees on pavements and in parking spaces. All unwanted Christmas trees will be collected free of charge from people's front gardens on their normal refuse collection days.
This annual collection service runs up until January 19. Trees should be placed in front gardens where collectors can see them.
People who do not have front gardens may need to leave them on the highway if they have nowhere else to put them at the front of their properties, but in these cases, the trees should only be left out on the day they are due to be picked up.
Dumping trees on pavements and on road surfaces cause obstructions and can be dangerous. Parents with children in buggies or disabled people in wheelchairs often have to travel along the road surface, on the outside of parked cars, in order to get around trees that are blocking footpaths.
It also adds a burden to council tax payers as the council needs to send out special collection crews to remove trees that have been unnecessarily abandoned and are causing obstructions.
Environment spokesman Cllr Jonathan Cook said:
"It is a shame that some people cannot wait just a few days to have them picked up properly. Dumping them on the highway simply adds pressure to their own council tax bills because it is an added expense if we have to pick them up at other times - so the people who do this are simply wasting both theirs and their neighbour's money."