Recycled plastic bottle Christmas tree returns to Chichester for lights switch on

Plastic bottle tree Chichester
Plastic bottle tree Chichester

A Christmas tree made entirely of reused plastic bottles is returning to Chichester this year with residents and visitors being invited to a special switch-on event.

Created from 600 green bottles, the tree was designed by artist Tracey Graham to highlight plastic recycling in West Sussex.

The tree’s lights will be switched on by Mia from the West Sussex Waste Partnerships Mia Recycles campaign at a special launch event on Saturday, November 30.

This will take place outside Jack Wills in North Street from 4.30pm to 5pm.

Waste prevention advisers will be on hand to answer questions and share advice about how residents can enjoy a waste-free Christmas.

The event is also being hosted by Chichester District Council, Chichester BID and Jack Wills.

Steve Read, acting executive director for place services, said: “With environmental concerns at the forefront of people’s minds this year, we hope this tree will remind everyone of the small changes they can make to help protect the environment during the Christmas period.

“Avoiding heavily packaged presents and food items, choosing reusable or recyclable wrapping techniques and not sending unnecessary or throwaway gifts are just some of the ways you can help.”

More than 5,000 tonnes of plastic bottles and almost 7,000 tonnes of plastic were recycled in West Sussex in 2018/19.

Avoiding plastic bottles is even more positive than recycling, residents have been advised.

Shoppers are also reminded that they can fill up their reusable water bottles in a number of shops, cafés, pubs and other venues in the city.

These can be found by downloading the Refill app.

The tree will stay on North Street, Chichester until Monday, January 6.

This is the sixth year it has been on display in West Sussex and, having been very well received previously, this is its second year in Chichester.

To find our more about ways to reduce waste, visit www.wastepreventionwestsussex.co.uk

To find out more about recycling, visit www.westsussexrecycles.org