City of Kamloops now accepting Christmas trees for recycling

By James Peters
December 28, 2016 - 11:26am

KAMLOOPS — With the end of the Christmas season comes the question of what to do with your Christmas trees.

While artificial trees will be stored in garages and basements all across Kamloops, there are plenty of options for those looking to get rid of their real Christmas trees.

"Some of the busier sites that we see each and every year are the three yard waste sites - Cinnamon Ridge, Barnhartvale landfill, as well as the Bunker Road yard waste site near McGill," said City of Kamloops Streets and Environmental Services Manager Glen Farrow.

"Those are ideal locations because we have lots of storage capacity and lots of room for Christmas trees there."

Farrow says it's important that the trees are stripped bare of all decoration.

"Through the years we've definitely seen some trees with decorations, Christmas lights, different ornaments. We don't want any of that stuff to be going through our chippers at all. So if the trees can be stripped right down, just natural pine needles and branches, that's all we can accept."

"A lot of people do like to have it until the New Year. That's not a problem, as long as you continue watering it. But once it's out of the home, get it to the appropriate places for disposal. We'd love to chip it and use it for compost in our parks and play fields in 2017."

Here are the locations where the city is accepting Christmas trees:

  • Albert McGowan Park, 2025 Summit Drive
  • Barnhartvale Yard Waste Depot, End of Eliza Road
  • Brocklehurst Park, 2470 Fleetwood Avenue
  • Cinnamon Ridge Compost Facility, 4.5 km past Airport on Tranquille Road
  • Dallas Fire Hall (#6), 5300 Dallas Drive
  • Juniper Park, Qu'Appelle Boulevard
  • Len Haughton Park, Lister Road - Heffley Creek
  • McArthur Island, 1665 Island Parkway - East of Sports Centre
  • McGill Rd Yard Waste Depot, Bunker Rd
  • Rae-Mor Park, Arab Run Road - Rayleigh
  • Westsyde Park, Franklin Road
  • Yacht Club, 1140 River Street

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