Recycle Xmas tree; support charity, sports

Wondering what to do with your Christmas tree once the holidays are over? Proper disposal will ensure it is turned into mulch or compost that in turn will help other trees and plants.

City of Courtenay households serviced by the Yard Waste Program (single family dwellings and duplexes) may leave trees at the curb for pickup on the same day as regular weekly garbage/yard waste collection. Please cut the tree in half and remove all decorations and tinsel.

The Courtenay Volunteer Fire Department is also holding its annual Christmas Tree Collection and Chipping event on Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 5 and 6, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Drop off your tree at the following locations with a minimum $5 donation:

· Courtenay Fire Hall, 650 Cumberland Rd.

· Crown Isle Plaza, 444 Lerwick Rd. in front of Thrifty Foods.

For a minimum $5 donation, at-home pickup is also available for all areas served by the Courtenay Fire Department, including fire protection districts.

Call the Courtenay Fire Hall in advance at 250-334-2513 or email fireevents@courtenay.ca

All proceeds from the Christmas Tree Chipping event will go to local charities and youth sport groups.