Friday, December 17, 2010

Tree Recycling About to Pick Up

As Calgarians settle into the new year, Christmas trees are also gearing up for a fresh start – as mulch.

The City’s annual Christmas Tree Recycling program will have eight temporary depots throughout the city and residents will be able to set their old Christmas trees out for pick up, which starts on January 8th.

Calgarians who receive City residential garbage collection must have their tree out where their garbage normally goes by 7 a.m. Saturday, January 8th.

Waste Diversion Specialist, Lindsay Lofthouse says that trees will be picked up within two weeks. “This year, we will be doing one sweep through the city over two weeks. It’s really important that people get their trees out before 7 a.m. in January 8th to make sure they’re not missed.”

Lofthouse assures Calgarians that there is one other option to recycle Christmas trees. “We will have eight temporary Christmas tree drop-offs, including the three landfills, which will open on December 27th and remain through Tuesday, January 18th.”

The Christmas Tree Recycling program is for real trees only. All ornaments or tinsel should be removed and trees should not be wrapped or bagged before being put out for collection. Also, Calgarians are reminded that trees, real or artificial, should never be placed in blue carts.

Trees collected in the Christmas Tree Recycling program are mulched and used in City green spaces. By participating in the Christmas Tree Recycling program, residents will help keep garbage collection crews on schedule during peak volumes of seasonal waste, reduce greenhouse gas, extend the life of landfills and recycle a natural resource.

For more information on the program or to find a temporary depot near you, visit or call 3-1-1.

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