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Christmas tree PSA: Chip it, don't chuck it

Your Christmas tree probably looks amazing right now, but in a week or two you'll be ready to take it down.

When you do so, the Regional District of Central Okanagan (RDCO) wants you to remember that there are ways to dispose of your tree in an environmentally friendly way.

<who>Photo Credit: KelownaNow</who>Chances are your tree looks beautiful right now, but that won't be the case in a couple of weeks.

Chip it, don’t chuck it.

“You can give your tree another life after the holidays by dropping it off at any one of the convenient Chip It locations,” explained Rae Stewart, waste reduction facilitator. “Your tree will then be chipped down and composted into a nutrient-rich soil enhancer called GlenGrow.”

Stewart added that GlenGrow is great for dressing your lawn, landscaping or mixing in your vegetable garden, and you can get it at various locations come springtime.

If you don’t have a way of getting your tree to a drop-off location, or if you’re just feeling a little lazy after that turkey dinner, you can also cut your tree down to size and put the pieces in your yard waste cart. However, the pruning and branchings will need to be less than a metre long and no more than five centimetres in diameter, and yard waste collection doesn’t resume until March.

</who>Just sticking your full tree by the curb or in your garbage bin is not ideal.

If you do plan on dropping your tree off to be chipped, make sure all decorations and tinsel are removed before recycling your tree.

The drop-off locations are open for the most part from December 26th until January 31st and are in several locations around the Central Okanagan.

Kelowna’s drop off locations are Ben Lee Park, Cook Road Boat Launch and Glenmore Landfill.

In West Kelowna, you can drop trees at the Westside Residential Waste Disposal and Recycling Center, while Lake Country trees can go to Jack Seaton Park.

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