Environmentally-minded Nottinghamshire residents have helped raised £1,000 towards a new minibus for Portland College leaners – after recycling their real Christmas trees.
Each year, Nottinghamshire County Council’s waste contractor Veolia encourages people with real Christmas trees to take them along to their local recycling centre in January so that they can be shredded for composting rather than left to rot at the bottom of the garden.
For every 50 tonnes of Christmas trees sent for recycling throughout January, Veolia has donated £200 to Portland College. The specialist college, which is based in Mansfield and works with people with disabilities to develop their employability, independence and communication skills is Nottinghamshire County Council chairman Councillor Woodhead’s chosen charity for her year in office.
Lea Hawkes, General Manager for Veolia says:
“ This is a fantastic achievement and we would like to say a big thank you to all the ‘Tree-cyclers’ of Nottinghamshire for helping to raise funds for this worthwhile charity, while also helping the environment by recycling. This annual campaign has really captured people’s interest and I am pleased that residents have taken part.”
Councillor Jim Creamer, chairman of the Council’s environment and sustainability committee said,
"It’s good news that this initiative continues to help the environment and has raised money towards a new mini bus which will be of great benefit for students.”
Damon Musgrove, Portland College's fundraising manager.
“This Tree-cycle campaign is fantastic; it has brought us a step closer to buying a much-needed, specially modified mini bus. With 400 learners on site, having this bus will open up many more opportunities, including learners being able to go on more leisure and educational visits, attend off-site training, work experience placements and getting to medical appointments more easily and comfortably.”