We have luxuriated in the lovely pine scent of our Christmas tree for the last month, but the time has come to lift the ornaments from its weary branches and pack it off to the annual firefighters’ tree-chipping fundraiser on Saturday Jan. 9 & Sunday Jan. 10. from 11-4 in the parking lot at Canada Games Pool. To my toddler, the tree-chipping is a fitting crescendo finish for the holiday season: firefighters, face-painting, loud machines, BBQ and music from the NWSS Jazz Band. The tree-chipping is by donation.
This year there’s no easy way out of hauling your tree out to be recycled. There will be no curbside pickup, to keep within the Zero Waste Challenge (though to my mind, not picking it up doesn’t mean it’s not there …). If you miss the fun times at the firefighters’ event, the city’s recycling depot at Sixth & McBride will take your tree.