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Residents can recycle Christmas trees at depot

By: Matt Durnan

  |  Posted: Thursday, Jan 02, 2014 11:53 am

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It’s the season to recycle in Airdrie. Boxes, bags, gift wrap and bottles accumulate by the bagful around the holidays, and while most items can be tossed into bins, there’s one holiday mainstay that’s a bit trickier to dispose of - the tree.

The City of Airdrie will once again open up the East Side Recycling Depot at 21 East Lake Hill as a drop off centre for Christmas trees until Jan. 24.

The “Treecycling” program will operate during the depot’s regular business hours (9 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Thursday through Sunday) and all trees will be accepted as long as they are free of decorations.

“We’re asking that people drop off clean trees,” said Kathleen Muretti, manager of Airdrie Waste and Recycling. “That means without any leftover decorations like tinsel or fake snow.”

“We’ve had issues in the past with people coming when the depot is closed and they just leave the trees on the ground or toss them over the fence,” she added. “We’ve also had people leave their trees near the Home Depot and that basically littering.”

The Treecycling program is a green option that will support Iron Horse Park for the second year in a row.

Last year, more than 500 trees were put through a chipper that created mulch to support tree planting in Iron Horse Park.

“There will be another tree planting initiative this year at Iron Horse Park and they will need the mulch from this program once again,” said Paul Lyons, education coordinator with Airdrie Waste and Recycling.

The wood chipper will be provided by Asplundh Tree Expert Co. and the trees will all be broken down to mulch at an official event on Jan. 25 at a time to be determined.

Muretti said there are no future plans to change the Treecycling program, though it could take on a bit of a different look next year with the introduction of the City’s curbside organics pick up that will get underway in April, 2014.

“Trees definitely fall under the category of organic waste, so as long as people break the trees down and bag them properly, they would have the option to have it picked up from the front of their homes next year,” said Muretti.

“The Treecycling program will still be needed though because curbside organics is only for residential properties; residents who live in multi-family buildings will still need a way to recycle their trees.”


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