BRITS have been warned they won’t be able to dispose of their Christmas trees for free this year, thanks to a grinch council.
The scheme has been run in many areas of Britain in recent years, to stop dumped trees causing a litter problem and damaging the environment.
2People in Cornwall may have to pay to have their Christmas disposed of after the council stopped its free service (file photo)Credit: GettyBut councils are scrimping on their budgets and people will have to pay for disposal.
In Cornwall, residents will need a subscription to dispose of real Christmas trees.
Cornwall Council said it would only pick up trees from households subscribed to its garden waste collection service.
An annual subscription costs between £30 and £55.
People without a subscription could instead pay the travel costs to take the tree to a waste collection centre for composting.
Councillor Carol Mould, Conservative portfolio holder for neighbourhoods, acknowledged people “would be disappointed”.
“However this additional service costs a significant amount of money which is ultimately funded by council taxpayers” she said.
“If people want to have a real Christmas tree, we urge them to think ahead and plan how they intend to dispose of it.”
Last month, shoppers in Grimsby blasted the 10ft artificial tree put up outside a shopping centre as “Britain’s worst Christmas tree”.
Locals described it as “depressing” and “disgusting”.
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Resident Anne Jackson said: “This tree is underwhelming I have to say. It doesn’t get me in the Christmas spirit whatsoever.”
A tree in Derby city centre has got local in hysterics thanks to its very rude shape.
One person said: “Nothing says Christmas has come early more than a giant phallic Christmas tree.”
Another joked: “Perhaps it is too early, but they’d have to ERECT it at some point.”
Elsewhere, A towering Christmas tree was slammed for looking like “scaffolding” and a “pylon” after it was unveiled outside a busy railway station.
The metal tree – adorned with Christmas lights and with a star on top – had been placed outside Cardiff Central station welcoming visitors to the Welsh capital.
2Cornwall residents without a subscription to the council’s garden waste collection service may have to get rid of their Christmas tree themselves (file photo)Credit: Getty
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