Book your Christmas tree for recycling and support Longfield Community Hospice

A Christmas tree lying on snowy ground
Stroud District Council is backing the Longfield Community Hospice Christmas Tree Recycling campaign. For a suggested minimum donation of £10, real Christmas trees will be collected at the end of the festive period and recycled. This year, the Minchinhampton-based charity hopes to collect and recycle more trees than ever and raise more than £50,000, which could help fund more than 900 hours of Hospice at Home Care. In previous years, as many as 2,900 households from across Stroud district, Cirencester and Gloucester have taken part in the scheme. Last year, Longfield raised nearly £50,000 for essential hospice care.
This year, they’re aiming to beat last year’s record to provide free hospice care for life-limited people and their families, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. The trees will be collected and taken to recycling sites across Gloucestershire, including Painswick Rococo Garden and Highfield Garden Centre, where they will be chipped and scattered on pathways and car parks, making it an eco-friendly way to dispose of your tree.
Cllr Chloe Turner, Chair of Stroud District Council Environment Committee said: “I’m delighted that Stroud District Council is supporting this project once again, providing a useful service to residents while benefiting the brilliant work carried out by Longfield Hospice…”
“..One of the priorities in our Council Plan is Environment and Climate Change. We have pledged to reduce the quantity of resources discarded as waste and minimise its environmental impact across the district. The Longfield Christmas Tree Recycling Campaign will contribute to those aims.”
Cllr Robin Layfield, Vice Chair of Stroud District Council Environment Committee said: “We have a commitment in our Council Plan to increase recycling rates across the district and encourage local initiatives to ‘reduce, repair and recycle’. This is a fantastic project which supports our goals. Please register your tree for collection – it’s a convenient and charitable way of disposing of your tree sustainably and ensuring it doesn’t end up in landfill.”
All money raised helps to fund the hospice’s vital work supporting patients, families and carers across Gloucestershire.
To arrange collection of your tree, visit
The booking system for 2023/24 collections is open until midnight 9 January 2024. Alternatively, trees can be taken to the household waste and recycling centre. To book a slot visit  The fundraising team are also looking for volunteers, vans to collect Christmas trees, or tree chippers. To volunteer either with your time or if you have a van or chipper, then please contact the events team on 01483 886868 or email Find out more about Longfield at

Christmas Waste & Recycling

Residents in the Stroud district are being asked to check their waste and recycling schedules over the Christmas period as some collections will change.

There will be no collection on Boxing Day, so waste and recycling that would normally be collected on Tuesday 26 December will be taken on Saturday 30 December.

All other collection days remain the same.

Containers and bins should be put out by 6am on collection days, and people are urged to recycle as much Christmas waste as possible.

Environment Committee Chair, Councillor Chloe Turner said: “There will be more waste and recycling than normal over the holiday period, so please spare a thought for the recycling crews who will be out working hard in the cold weather.

“Large pieces of cardboard should be folded and flattened and kept dry, and bins and recycling bags should be taken back in as soon as possible after collection, especially during windy weather.”

Vice Chair Cllr Robin Layfield added: “On a personal note, I would like to say thanks to our Ubico waste disposal crews who have gone above and beyond, time and again to ensure we have a predictable, reliable, and effective service that is the envy of many other councils. Please take a moment to thank your bin crew this Christmas when you see them.”

Only wrapping paper that passes the `scrunch test’ can be recycled: remove foil, tape, bows and ribbons then scrunch the paper info a ball. If it keeps its shape it can be recycled in your green recycling box. If it springs back out it can’t be recycled and should be placed in your general waste bin or beige sack.

If your waste or recycling is not collected due to snow or icy conditions, please leave it at the kerbside for two days (including Saturdays but not Sundays). If it is not collected within this period, please take it back in and wait until your next scheduled collection.

Here’s a guide to what can and can’t be recycled:

Christmas cardsCan be placed in your household recycling box. Some supermarkets and charity shops accept them.Remove foil, bows and ribbons. Cards containing glitter can’t be recycled.
Wrapping paperCan be placed in your household recycling box if it passes the scrunch test.Remove foil, tape, bows & ribbons first which can’t be recycled
Glass, cans, plastic and foilCan be placed in your household recycling bin or green sack. Please don’t put them in plastic bags which can be recycled at most supermarkets.Make more space by squashing soft plastic.  Please remove the clear plastic film from food containers which can’t be recycled.
FoodCan be placed in your household food recycling caddy.See Love Food Hate Waste for tips to help you reduce food waste.
Paper and cardboardCan be placed in your household recycling boxFlatten, cut or fold large pieces to the approximate size of your recycling box
Real Christmas treesYou can arrange a collection by Longfield Hospice which will recycle your tree.Alternatively, you can make an appointment at the Household Recycling Centre.Longfield Household Recycling Centre  

The Waste Wizard search on the SDC website will tell you which household items can be recycled, or if they can be given a new life through repair and reuse. 

Residents can check their waste and recycling dates on the SDC website, or download a printable 2024 waste collection calendar, with the option of an easy- to-read accessible version via the My House function on the SDC website. Anyone who doesn’t have online access or who cannot download the calendar can call the council on 01453 766321 for a copy.

Fix My Street!

Gloucestershire County Council switches to FixMyStreet Pro

Not-for-profit organisation SocietyWorks has launched a new, dedicated installation of its FixMyStreet Pro software for Gloucestershire County Council, through which residents can report local street, highway and environmental problems.

Gloucestershire County Council joins more than 30 other local authorities, highways agencies and other public bodies in using FixMyStreet Pro for managing inbound reports of local problems such as potholes, broken street lights and problems with highway drains.

Integrated with the Council’s asset management system Confirm, FixMyStreet Pro’s intelligent, map-based interface will make it much easier for residents to accurately report a problem and stay updated on its resolution.

With all reports and their statuses displayed on the map, the ability to subscribe to existing reports and the automatic, nationwide diversion of reports that are the responsibility of another authority, FixMyStreet Pro will improve things for customers and help Gloucestershire County Council to better manage expectations, eliminate duplication of effort and reduce avoidable customer contact, freeing up staff time for urgent cases or to help residents who need additional support.

Designed as a progressive web app, residents can choose to use Gloucestershire County Council’s branded version of FixMyStreet Pro as a website or as an app, with no obligation either way.

Cllr Dom Morris, cabinet member responsible for highways and flooding at Gloucestershire County Council said: “I am pleased to say it is now easier for people to report issues and keep updated on repair work. We are always looking for ways to be proactive and improve our highways services.

“This summer we have been trialling new methods to speed-up repairs and engineers have been working day and night to strengthen the road network. Fix My Street is another innovation that will improve things for our customers and boost efficiency. Keeping Gloucestershire moving is a top priority and the council are investing heavily in better roads for residents.”

Angela Dixon, Managing Director at SocietyWorks said: “Since its launch in 2012, every feature of FixMyStreet Pro has been built to meet the needs of councils and their residents. No two integrations of the solution are the same, because no two councils are the same, but they all benefit from its incredible ability to create an end-to-end reporting process that’s as intuitive as possible. We look forward to seeing the impact the solution has for Gloucestershire County Council and its residents.”

Try it now! Click here to be taken to Gloucestershire Highways portal to FixMyStreet where you can search the interactive map to pinpoint exactly where the problem is.
You’ll have an opportunity to upload photos (and according to their website, reports with photos are fixed more quickly) describe the problem, and enter your contact details to be kept updated with the progress of your report. You’ll also be able to see where others have reported issues and uploaded their photos.

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