January 15th, 2021

Christmas tree collection set for Saturday


By Herald on January 4, 2021.

The City's Christmas tree collection program is scheduled for this upcoming Saturday. Herald file photo

The City of Lethbridge Christmas tree collection program is set for this upcoming Saturday, as residents participating in the program will be supporting local youth while reducing unnecessary waste in the landfill.

This year, Senator Buchanan Elementary School will be doing the collection with family and volunteers to support their fundraising activities.  All COVID-19 guidelines will be followed.

There is no need to sign up for the program. Christmas trees should be visible, stripped of all decorations and placed outside by 7 a.m. on Jan. 9 to be collected. Christmas trees should be placed by the regular garbage collection location (front or alley), but away from the blue and black carts. Christmas trees will be collected from all areas of the city. Depending on weather and equipment, the collection may happen over a few of days.

The City says that since the program began 27 years ago, more than 80,000 Christmas trees have been diverted from the landfill and turned into environmentally-friendly mulch. Mulch is a useful addition to planting beds to reduce the need for watering and weeding. The mulch created from the Christmas tree collection is made available to residents at no charge on a first-come basis at Peenaquim Park, in the parking lot adjacent to the dog park.

Christmas trees can also be composted at the Waste & Recycling Centre any time of the year. Residents can take advantage of the free Saturday program (free disposal for the first 250 kg every Saturday) to avoid tipping fees at the landfill.

Youth groups interested in participating in future collections are encouraged to contact Waste & Recycling Services to find out details on making a submission.

For more information on waste and recycling services in Lethbridge, call Lethbridge 311 or visit http://www.lethbridge/wrs.

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