TINSEL and baubles were put to one side in Killorglin over the weekend as Christmas trees from across mid Kerry were sacrificed to the shredders for a good cause.
The annual recycling drive by Killorglin Tidy Towns rids homeowners of their unwanted trees but also raises funds for the group's clean-up efforts in the town.
The recycling effort took place at The Fair Field on Saturday last from 12 noon until 4pm with the help of Donie O'Sullivan and David Doona of the High Town Tree Company.
Although they had a lot of work on their hands following the recent storms, the pair gave up their Saturday to shred the Christmas trees and do their bit for the local environment.
"We work together with Killorglin Tidy Towns every year to take in old Christmas tress and shred them. There was a really good reaction to it this year, we were definitely up in numbers from last year," David Doona said.
"It is something that we like to do, it is only a couple of hours for us and it is a shame to see trees dumped around the county," he added.
Once the trees were shredded, owners were given a bag of the mulch for use in their own garden, meaning that there was literally no waste.
People who took advantage of the free service in Killorglin were also invited to make a donation to the Tidy Towns effort in the town.
Meanwhile, the AGM of Killorglin Tidy Towns will be held on Tuesday, January 28 at 8pm in O'Grady's Bar.
This is a public meeting and everyone is welcome.