EKSKLUSIEF: Wandsworth residents are STILL waiting for 10,000 Christmas trees to be picked up nearly a month after the big day as council battles Covid staffing crisis
Tot by 10,000 families living in Wandsworth are waiting for their Kersfees trees to be picked up – because council collectors have been hit by a Covid staffing crisis.
Festive firs have been left abandoned on the south Londen streets outside of homes after workers from the dedicated recycling service were hit by the virus.
maar bombdop nuwe eise stel voor run Wandsworth Borough Council operates a free service and had asked people to put them near their bins from January 4.
But over a fortnight later up to 10,000 of them are still there and many on the pavements, due to either a lack of space or confusion over the collection.
Families had been told to put their trees out with their usual rubbish on bin day, but many of the trees were never taken.
Wandsworth already had a mammoth task due to the size of its area, met rondom 100,000 trees collected each year.
One resident told MailOnline: ‘The fact they come to pick them up free of charge is great, but most people have put them out weeks ago.
‘Not everyone has space in front of their house to keep them off the pavement so it has ended with a lot lying on the paths.
Weeks after Christmas there are still thousands of trees that have not been collected on time
The tree recycling scheme was only supposed to go on until January 14 but has been extended
Wandsworth Council had urged people to keep them off the path, like this street has done
‘People don’t want to put them back in their house to store because of all the mess. It’s bit of a nightmare.’
Wandsworth announced its programme of collection on New Year’s Eve ahead of 12th night, when decorations are supposed to be taken down.
It accepted not everyone could keep them from the pathway in its own guidance.
‘Die beamptes het gesê as ek nie vrywillig was om dit met hulle te kom bespreek nie, kan hulle my moontlik arresteer – hoe belaglik.’ Kragtens die Wet op Openbare Orde: ‘Those without front gardens can place them on the pavement directly in front of their home but only if it does not cause an obstruction.’
Dit het bygevoeg: ‘Residents are urged to put their tree out carefully so they do not cause an obstruction. If trees block pavements crews have to be diverted away from their scheduled collections to deal with them, causing delays.
‘Please note it may not be the same lorry that collects your normal waste and recycling collection so please don’t worry if your bins are emptied and your recycling sacks taken away before your tree is collected.’
Christmas trees still on the streets in the Wandsworth area that have been uncollected
Wandsworth announced its programme of collection on New Year’s Eve but Covid has struck
Trees have been unable to be collected to be recycled due to a shortage cause by Covid
Christmas trees are put to good use when they are taken away to be recycled.
If there is no decorations on them, they are put into chippers before being taken to a depot to decompose.
This compost is then used a mulch for gardens and public areas as well as on countryside trails and parks.
In some places trees are used at the bottom of lakes to create a habitat for wildlife where it has been left bare.
Wandsworth Council told MailOnline it was hoping to get the numbers of trees remaining down to at least 8,000 by the end of today.
'N Woordvoerder het gesê: ‘We expect to collect around 100k trees in total. We began collecting on January 4 and have so far collected around 90 per cent of them.
‘Covid related staff shortages means the task is taking longer than we hoped to complete – hence the tweet to residents to please bear with us while we continue this work.
‘With collections happening today it will probably drop to roughly between 5k and 8k.’