Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Christmas tree recycling is picking up this year

Beginning this year there will be two options to recycle your real Christmas tree, weekend pick-up and drop-off.

Twice in January, Waste & Recycling Services will pick-up Christmas trees from Calgary households that currently receive City residential garbage collection. Have your tree out where you normally put your garbage for pick-up by 7 a.m. on one of the following Saturdays:
  • Saturday, Jan. 9, 2010
  • Saturday, Jan. 16, 2010
Trees will be collected by Monday.

The City will also have eight temporary drop-off depots for trees:
  • Fire Hall #15 – 6328 35th Ave. N.W.
  • Fire Hall #22 – 7199 Temple Dr. N.E.
  • Bottomlands Park – St. Georges Drive and Seventh Avenue N.E.
  • South Calgary Community Association – 3130 16th St. SW.
  • Parks Compound – 10312 Sacramento Dr. S.W.
  • Spyhill Landfill – 69th Street and 112th Avenue N.W.
  • East Calgary Landfill – 17th Avenue and 68th Street S.E.
  • Shepard Landfill – 114th Avenue and 68th Street S.E.
The drop-off depots will be open: Dec. 26, 2009 – Jan. 18, 2010.

The trees collected by the program are chipped into mulch, put into windrows where the internal temperature reaches a point that will remove pests like gypsy moth larvae. The mulch is used in green spaces around Calgary and available at no extra charge to residents.

Keeping trees out of the landfills helps extend the life of landfills, reduces greenhouse gas and produces a useful resource. The annual Christmas tree recycling program is just one of many ways that Calgarians can reduce, reuse and recycle to help The City achieve its goal of diverting 80 per cent of its waste by the year 2020.

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