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Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust – News Release

Tubex partners with local charity to expand tree shelter collection and recycling hubs

Anybody planting trees in the Yorkshire Dales and surrounding areas can now benefit from a free Collection and Recycling programme for used tree shelters.

Tree shelter specialist Tubex is offering hubs around the UK where tree shelters – the plastic tubes placed around saplings to protect them from wildlife and weather during the early stages of growth – can be dropped off to be recycled, completely free of charge.

The scheme is a joint initiative with charity Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust (YDMT), which opened several hubs of its own in 2021. There will be a total of 14 national hub locations launched this year.


The first Yorkshire Dales hub will be located at Craven Auction Mart in Skipton, and people will be able to drop off tree shelters from May 25-27 provided they book in with YDMT beforehand.

There will also be collection points in Appersett and North West Auction Mart near Crooklands, as well as a second date in Skipton, later in the year.

To enquire email

With so many hubs across the UK, Tubex is aiming to increase accessibility and proximity whilst limiting any unnecessary costs for end users, so that people are not discouraged to recycle shelters at end-of-life by having to fund and organise their disposal process.

Tubex will therefore be covering all costs after the bags of used tree shelters are dropped at the hubs, including bailing, washing, recycling and re-pelletising the material so that it can be used to create more shelters.

Not only will all types of Tubex shelters be accepted (including mesh shelters) but shelters that are manufactured by other brands can also be recycled at the hubs (providing the shelters are made from Polypropylene – which can be identified by a small ‘PP’ symbol on the tree shelter).

On the decision to introduce the scheme, Tubex’s Marketing & Product Development Director, James Taylor explained:

“We are aware that the main challenge that faces the industry is the disposal of tree shelters. That’s why we are moving towards a fully circular solution, through the use of recycled material and ‘end of life’ collection & recycling. Our hubs now provide a convenient way for our customers to ensure that their shelters will be handled responsively at end-of-life, completely free of cost.”

Mike Appleton, Plastic Free Woodlands officer at YDMT, added: “It’s fantastic that the sector has come together to help increase the availability of plastic shelter recycling across the country.

“We have operated two central collection hubs in the Yorkshire Dales for the past couple of years and have already collected more than 60,000 tree shelters, thanks to support from local landowners and farmers. Now we are able to do so much more by expanding into other national parks and reducing the amount of legacy plastic in our woodlands.”

For those who still want to use the original Tubex Collection and Recycling method where shelters are collected directly, Tubex will still be offering their standard dumpy bags for £39, which can hold 350-400 1.2m tree shelters with a minimum collection amount being six bags.

To find out more about the national recycling scheme head to

Please contact YDMT on to enquire about Yorkshire Dales and Lake District recycling hubs.

About Tubex:

Tubex is a creator, innovator and industry pioneer in tree shelter solutions worldwide. Tubex’s shelters provide an improved micro-climate for growth, assisting with the establishment of stronger roots and leading to higher survival rates. Tubex was established in the 1970s as a specialist plastic extruder, with its first tree shelters produced in the early 1980s. Tubex quickly became the most popular on the market, selling well in both the UK and overseas.

Tubex is a brand owned by Berry Global, who creates innovative packaging and engineered products that make life better for people and the planet. Berry Global leverages its unmatched global capabilities, sustainability leadership, and deep innovation expertise to serve customers of all sizes around the world. It partners with customers to develop, design, and manufacture innovative products with an eye toward the circular economy.

For Tubex media enquiries please contact:

Jack Readman, Nielsen McAllister tel: +44 (0)1332 293939

About Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust:

Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust (YDMT) is a small charity doing big things to support the people, landscape and wildlife of the Dales.

To date the charity has helped to deliver inspiring projects in the Yorkshire Dales and surrounding areas. These projects cover areas as diverse as countryside apprenticeships, supporting local communities, education and outreach, restoring woodlands and wildlife habitats, and improving access and understanding of this special place.

The Trust has recruited more than 65,000 supporters to date. Find out more at

Website │Twitter │Facebook │Instagram │YouTube

For YDMT media enquiries please contact:

Mike Appleton at YDMT on 015242 51002 or email


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