Not sure what to do with your tree now that the holidays are over?
The City of Edmonton will start collecting natural and artificial Christmas trees starting next week.
According to the city, natural Christmas trees will start being collected on Thursday, January 9, 2020. and will be picked up before the end of January — but not necessarily on residents’ scheduled waste collection day.
In 2019, the city says they collected more than 9,737 natural Christmas trees, weighing over 109 tonnes.
“The trees are chipped and composted at the Edmonton Waste Management Centre. Wood chips are used to make various types of compost for horticulture, agriculture, and land reclamation,” said the city in an announcement Friday.
Residents living in a single-unit home are asked to set natural trees out for collection by 7 am on Thursday, January 9, 2020, and place the un-bagged tree on its side next to the home’s usual waste set-out area.
The city asks that all ornaments or decorations should be removed so trees are acceptable for composting, and extra-large trees should be cut into two metre lengths, and cleared of snow to be easily spotted.
Those who live in an apartment or condo can drop off their trees to one of four Eco Stations or one of 20 community Recycling Depots in the city.
Artificial trees can be taken to Reuse Centre in good condition if they are in a box and with all the necessary parts, while artificial trees that are not in good condition can be dropped off at an Eco Station or set out with garbage collection.