Love your Christmas tree
Love Christmas trees? Perhaps the most environmentally-friendly option is to buy a tree with roots. This means you can plant it in the garden afterwards and bring it back into the house next year. If you want to buy a felled tree, choose a local grower with Forest Stewardship Council (FSC®) accreditation so you know it’s been grown sustainably and ethically. Remember to compost or recycle it when the festive season is over.
If you are looking for an easy way to dispose of your real Christmas tree, why not let Farleigh Hospice take the strain, no need for needles in your car and no queuing at the tip!
We will also be providing a Christmas Tree Recycling collection service on Saturday 16 January at various locations across the Braintree District. More information will be available in our next newsletter and on our website.
Artificial trees are less environmentally-friendly as most are made from non-recyclable plastic and the carbon emissions generated to make them are very high. If you do opt for a fake tree, try to reuse it for as long as possible to reduce the environmental impact – the longer you keep reusing it, the better.
Check out more about Christmas trees at Love Essex.
You're in for a chance to win!
If you haven't already and want to look at ways to reduce your plastic waste, sign the Essex Plastic Pledge to be in for a chance to win some fantastic goodies. By signing the pledge, you will be automatically entered into the competition.
Keep safe when visiting play areas
If you're visiting one of our play areas or outdoor gyms, please remember to stick to the guidance to protect yourselves, children and others when using the equipment to help limit the spread of COVID-19.
- Wash or sanitise adults/children’s hands before, during and after using the equipment for at least 20 seconds and thoroughly once home
- Follow the social distancing guidelines (2m is the safest distance) and encourage children to do the same and do not meet in a group of more than 6 outside
- Only 1 family member should accompany a child when using the play area
- Limit the amount of time children use the play equipment where possible
- Adults are encouraged to wear a face covering and wash hands before putting on and taking off
- Users are responsible for their own hygiene products to clean hands and equipment after use, with attention to touch points e.g. bars, see saws and handles.
- People should not eat or drink on play equipment or in the playground
- Any litter, including face coverings or gloves should be disposed of correctly (in a litter bin or taken home if a bin is not available. Used PPE should not be put in with your recycling.
- Anyone with symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) should not attempt to use the equipment.
Disposing of face coverings & PPE
Photo credit: Respect Great Notley
PPE is the latest litter crisis.
Single-use masks and gloves include plastic in their manufacture and can’t be recycled. Invest in a reusable, washable face mask – they’re much better for our environment. Love Essex has some great tips on how you can make your own.
If you need to throw away used PPE, take responsibility and dispose into a general waste bin (not your recycling sacks) or take it home with you if there is no litter bin when you're out and about - don't be a litter tosser.
If you or members of your household use them when self- isolating or have a positive coronavirus case, double bag and store them for 72 hours before putting in your general waste bin.
Tips on getting started with home composting
As garden waste collections are suspended during the winter months, why not give home composting a try?
Essex County Council offer subsidised compost bins and great tips on how to get started.
From only £9.50 you can turn your food and garden waste into quality soil improver for your garden.
Simply visit getcomposting.com and enter your postcode. Your discount will be automatically applied.