Last January, Comox Fire Rescue personnel and Asplundh Canada raised more than $4,000 for YANA at the annual Christmas tree recycling event. Photo submitted

Plenty of options to recycle Christmas trees in Comox Valley

Courtenay, Comox and Cumberland all have drop-off service this weekend

If you’re wondering how to dispose of your Christmas tree, there are a few local options.

City of Courtenay residents can leave trees at the curb for pickup on the same day as regular weekly garbage/yard waste collection, though the City asks people to cut trees in half.

This weekend, the Courtenay Fire Department holds the annual Christmas Tree Chipping event on Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 4 and 5 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. You can drop off your tree, with a donation, at Courtenay Fire Hall, 650 Cumberland Rd., or Crown Isle Plaza, 444 Lerwick Rd. in front of Thrifty Foods. For a minimum $5 donation, you can also arrange for the fire department to pick up your tree on Jan. 4 or 5 by calling 250-334-2513 or emailing All proceeds from the Christmas Chipping Event will go to local charities.

Comox Fire Rescue also holds its chipping event this Saturday and Sunday, between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. at the firehall at 1870 Noel Ave. There will be hot dogs and hot chocolate and everything is by donation. All proceeds go to local Y.A.N.A. If you need a tree pick-up, call at 250-339-2432.

In Cumberland, the fire department and Tree Craft tree service will chip Christmas trees by donation to the Comox Valley Food Bank. Bring your tree to Village Park between 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 5. Donations can be made to the Comox Valley Food Bank by cash or cheque at this location even if you don’t have a tree. Once again, fire department volunteers will also pick up your tree for a donation to the food bank. Call 250-338-3709. You can also dispose of your tree through your weekly curbside organics collection.

People are reminded to remove all decorations and tinsel from trees.

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