The City of Lethbridge Christmas Tree Collection Program will be held Saturday, Jan. 14, 2017.
For the past 24 years, the City has partnered annually with a local youth group to ensure that Christmas trees continue to give after the holiday season. Since the program began, more than 80,000 Christmas trees have been diverted from the landfill and turned into environmentally friendly mulch.
Residents can choose to reduce waste and support local youth by participating in the program. Christmas trees should be visible, stripped of all decorations and out by 7 a.m. on Jan. 14 to be collected. Christmas trees should be placed by the regular garbage collection location (front or alley), but away from the household waste cart. Two local youth groups will be collecting Christmas trees from the entire city. Depending on weather and equipment, the collection may take a couple of days.
The program is offered through the fundraising efforts of local youth groups and is facilitated and supported by the City of Lethbridge. This year, the Epidemyc Youth Group and the McKillop Scouting Group will be doing 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 to find out 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 when supply is available 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 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. Weekdays, trees can be dropped off for a minimum fee of $5. For more information on recycling in Lethbridge, call 403-329-7367 or visit www.lethbridge.ca.
Heather Gowland, Community Initiatives & Education Specialist
Waste & Recycling Services