Sustainable scheme to recycle and repurpose plastic tree tubes

Article dated Monday Oct 2, 2023 at 03:59 PM

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Bradford Council’s Trees & Woodlands team is working with partner organisations to reduce plastic waste by collecting plastic tree tubes from woodlands across the district to recycle and repurpose.

The Trees & Woodlands team has joined forces with tree planting partners YorGreen CIC and Bradford Environmental Education Service (BEEC) to gather up over 7,000 tree tubes which have found a new purpose through the Tubex recycling project. Hundreds more have been cleaned to reuse in future tree planting schemes.

A number of community groups and volunteers have supported the scheme, including Get Out More CIC, Zephyr Loans, Royal Mencap Society, FOD Mobility, YorGreen Friday Group, and BEES.

The project is reducing waste and is a more sustainable approach to woodland management.

Cllr Sarah Ferriby, Portfolio Holder for Healthy People and Places, said: “This is a great way to reduce waste and find a more sustainable way to deal with plastic tree tubes. It sets a great example to all tree planting organisations. It’s also lovely to hear about the support it has received from community groups and volunteers. Well done everyone involved.”

Residents are encouraged to participate in this ongoing effort. If you spot plastic tree tubes in council parks and woodlands across the Bradford District, please report their location to

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