Christ­mas trees put to use

Auckland City Harbour News - - YOUR PAPER, YOUR PLACE - JAMES PASLEY

An Auck­land waste col­lec­tion firm will give old Christ­mas trees a new lease on life these hol­i­days.

Skippy, a west Auck­land bin hire com­pany, will be tak­ing Christ­mas trees from ei­ther Cox’s Bay car park in West­mere or Skippy De­pot in Hen­der­son and mulching them for a $5 do­na­tion.

The mulch and do­na­tion will then be de­liv­ered to an Auck­land school of the tree owner’s choice.

Skippy owner Richard Karam said the idea came from staff and friends never know­ing what to do with the trees af­ter Christ­mas Day.

‘‘Trees are of­ten left in back­yards and back porches for quite a while,’’ Karam said.

‘‘I usu­ally take mine to the tip, but at that time of year you usu­ally have to sit around and wait for 40 min­utes.’’

Karam reck­ons he can fit 30 trees into each skip bin.

He de­cided to do­nate the money to schools be­cause it’s the most ‘‘com­mon wider mu­nity’’ to sup­port.

Many schools have gar­den plant­ing pro­grammes for stu­dents and mulched Christ­mas trees would hope­fully help with these schemes, Karam said.

The feed­back from 20 schools he con­tacted ‘‘was awe­some’’, he said.

The col­lec­tion will be on the morn­ings of De­cem­ber 28, 29 and 30 and Jan­uary 7, 8, 14 and 15 be­tween 9am and 1pm.

Karam started Skippy in May. com-

JAMES PASLEY/FAIRFAX NZ

Richard Karam is help­ing to get rid of Christ­mas trees this year.

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