Thursday, December 22, 2011
Give Mother Nature a gift this year - recycle your Christmas tree
The City of Calgary reminds residents that the annual Christmas Tree Recycling program is just around the corner. In January, crews will pick up Christmas trees from homes that receive City residential black cart garbage collection.
Waste Diversion Specialist, Philippa Wagner says providing residential pick up after the holidays results in more trees getting recycled. “In the two years since we started collecting trees from households that receive black cart garbage collection, we have seen a 20 per cent increase in the number of trees recycled. Last year, 36,000 trees were kept out of the landfill.”
This year, residents must have their tree on the ground near their black cart collection spot by 7 a.m. on Monday, January 9th, making sure the tree is not blocking the street, lane or sidewalk. Leave the tree out and it will be picked up within two weeks. Trees put out after that time may be collected as garbage after the program ends.
Wagner reminds Calgarians that there is another option to recycle Christmas trees. “Calgarians without City residential garbage collection or those who can’t get their tree ready for pick up by January 9th can still recycle their tree. We will have a network of eight temporary depots in place, including the three landfills, where Calgarians can drop off their trees between December 26th and January 22nd.”
The Christmas Tree Recycling program is for real trees only. All ornaments, lights, tinsel and tree stands should be removed and trees should not be wrapped or bagged before being put out for collection or taken to a depot. 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, decrease our dependency on the landfills and recycle a natural resource.
For more information on the program or to find a temporary seasonal drop-off depot near you, visit Calgary.ca/recycling or call 3-1-1.