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