With Christmas now past, you might be looking for ways to get rid of your tree.
Last year, local fire departments raised thousands of dollars for charity with the Christmas tree disposal events.
In Courtenay, the Courtenay Volunteer Fire Department is again holding the annual Christmas Tree Collection and Chipping fundraiser on Saturday, Jan. 2 and Sunday, Jan. 3. The hours each day are from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
There are COVID-19 safety protocols in place. For a minimum $5 donation, people can drop off their tree at either Courtenay Fire Hall, 650 Cumberland Rd., or Crown Isle Plaza, 444 Lerwick Rd. in front of Thrifty Foods. Proceeds go to support local charities and youth sports organizations.
Next door, Comox Fire Rescue will also be chipping Christmas trees this year. People can drop off tinsel-free trees at the fire station at 1870 Noel Ave. Drop-off happens on Jan. 2 and 3 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Donations go to support Y.A.NA. Trees can also be put out with residential yard waste but must be cut in half, and – again, no tinsel.
In Cumberland, trees can be placed out with regular weekly curbside organics collection. They must less than three inches in diameter at the trunk and less than 36 inches long. Please cut trees longer than three feet in sections. All decorations and tinsel are to be removed.
Trees can also be brought to the Comox Valley Waste Management Centre in Cumberland for disposal. Fees apply.