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New program has Calgary thinking of a green Christmas


Staff writers
December 28, 2012 — For many, Christmas is filled with presents and abundance. But the holiday also generates more waste than any other time of year. Kelsey McEwen has more on how to turn this white Christmas green.


When recycling your tree remember to remove all ornaments, tinsel and the tree stand. Do not bag or wrap your tree.
When recycling your tree remember to remove all ornaments, tinsel and the tree stand. Do not bag or wrap your tree.

The Christmas season always presents a challenge to landfill sites overwhelmed by old Christmas trees and gift waste but the City of Calgary is looking to combat the problem by showing Calgarians leftover Christmas trees aren't trash. 

The city has been collecting Christmas trees since the 1990's at depots and for the last three years, on house curbsides as well. 

Now Calgary residents have two options — they can either bring the trees to a depot or if they are patient they can put it out where they normally put their garbage and it will be picked up over three weeks. 

Other cities across the country also have drop off programs, including Regina, Saskatoon, and Winnipeg. 

The trees are made into mulch, which is then available for citizens to use in their gardens. 

Ornaments, tinsel and stands can not be included with the tree. 

The city estimates around 40 thousand trees will be recycled this year. 

Calgary's Christmas Tree Recycling program started December 26 and runs until January 27. 

There are 8 drop off locations in the city, more information is at Calgary.ca

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