Friday, January 6, 2012

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 is already underway at eight temporary depots throughout the city and, starting on Monday, residents will be able to set their old Christmas trees out for pick up.

“We will be doing one sweep through the city over two weeks, so it’s really important that people get their trees out before 7 a.m. on Monday to make sure they’re not missed,” says Philippa Wagner, a Waste Diversion Specialist with The City.

Calgarians who receive City residential garbage collection must have their tree on the ground near their black cart collection spot by 7 a.m. on Monday, January 9th.  Residents must make sure the tree is not blocking the street, lane or sidewalk and is at least a foot away from their carts.

Wagner assures Calgarians that there is one other option to recycle Christmas trees.  “We also have eight temporary Christmas tree drop-offs, including the three landfills, which are already open and will remain available through Sunday, January 22nd.”

The Christmas Tree Recycling program is for real trees only. All ornaments, tinsel, lights and tree stands 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 and will also be available to residents later this year. 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 drop-off near you, visit or call 3-1-1.

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