Scouts offering Christmas tree pickup

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Those wanting their undecorated real Christmas trees picked up in Airdrie can leave them at the curb this weekend.

The 1st Airdrie Scouts is offering to pick up trees on Jan. 6 and 7, and those interested can fill out a form online to request a date and time, according to Tanya Noble, fundraising co-ordinator for the program. She said the trees will be taken to the Eastside Recycling Depot where they will be chipped for mulch.

It’s the first time the 1st Airdrie Scouts is offering the service, she said, adding there is no fee for pickup but residents will have the option to donate online when requesting pickup time. Donations can also be made via cash, debit or credit at the door.

“There’s no strings attached. If you really just want your tree picked up and out of there, we are able to just come get it,” she said.

“We do that because an important component or aspect of the programming with Scouts is community service and giving back to our community. So we’re completely happy to just come grab it for anybody that wants to do it without making a donation.”

The service was also offered on Dec. 30 and 31, 2017. Nobel said 18 trees were picked up but she’s expecting more requests this weekend. The group decided to offer the service in Airdrie this year because it was offered in surrounding communities, she said.

“I don’t think a lot of people are aware of the community service aspect of scouting and I think it was just a way for us to give back to our community and also get our name out there a bit,” she added.

Donations made for tree pickups will go back into local environmental initiatives in the spring, she said.

“Our hope is that, in turn, we’ll be replanting trees come spring. So for every $20 in donations we receive through this initiative, we’ll be replanting trees,” she said, adding the trees are being donated by Water Valley Forest Nursery.

“There’s some talks with the City about where they’re going to allow us to do that because we’re really hoping to keep it in Airdrie,” she said.

For more information or to register for pickup, visit 1stairdriescouts.com/trees

Trees can also be dropped off at the Eastside Recycling Depot until Jan. 19.

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