The City of Lethbridge Christmas Tree Collection Program will be held this Saturday, January 9. Residents can choose to reduce waste and support local youth by participating in the program.
For the past 23 years the City has partnered with a local youth group to ensure that natural Christmas trees continue to give after the holiday season. Since the program began, approximately 80,000 Christmas trees have been diverted from the landfill and turned into environmentally friendly mulch.
Christmas trees should be visible, stripped of all decorations, and placed out by 7 a.m. on January ninth by residents’ regular garbage collection location (front or alley), but away from household waste carts. Two local youth groups will be collecting Christmas trees around the entire city. Depending on weather and equipment, collection may take a couple of days.
This program is offered through the fundraising efforts of local youth groups and is facilitated and supported by the City of Lethbridge. This year, the Gilbert Paterson Middle School Voyageur Quebec group, and the Val Matteotti Bantam AAA Golden Hawks hockey team will be providing the collection with family and volunteers to support their fundraising activities. Youth groups interested in participating in future collections are encouraged to contact Waste & Recycling Services for details on making a submission.
The collected Christmas trees are diverted from the City’s landfill and are chipped for environmentally friendly mulch. Mulch is available at no charge on a first-come basis while supplies last at Peenaquim Park in the parking lot adjacent to the dog park. Mulch is a useful addition to planting beds to reduce the need for watering and weeding.
Christmas trees can also be composted at the Waste & Recycling Centre at any time of the year. Residents can take advantage of the Free Saturday program (free drop off for the first 250 kg every Saturday) to avoid tipping fees. On weekdays, trees can be dropped off, but a minimal fee may apply.
For more information on recycling in Lethbridge, call 403-329-7367 or visit www.lethbridge.ca.