Plenty of places to chip a tree in the Tri-Cities
With the holiday season coming to a close, it's time to make recycling plans for Christmas trees and there are several options in the Tri-Cities.
• Friends of Mundy Park Heritage Society will host its annual event on Jan. 7 and 8 at the park's gravel lot off Hillcrest Street from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
• The Kinsmen Club will be chipping trees at the Town Centre Stadium parking lot on Jan. 7 and 8 to benefit the 1st Kinsmen Scout group. Kinsmen members will also be holding a similar event at Centennial secondary on Jan. 8 between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. to benefit the Centennial secondary music department.
• Scouts Francophones de Maillardville will also be chipping trees at the Canadian Tire (1200 Sequin Dr.) parking lot on Jan. 7 between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m.
• Curbside Christmas tree pickup is available in Coquitlam if trees are cut up into lengths of no more than 36," bundled and placed at the curb by 7:30 a.m. on the scheduled collection day. Trees with tinsel, decorations or oversized trees will not be collected.
• The Port Coquitlam fire fighters will be holding a tree-chipping event at fire hall #1 (1725 Broadway St.) for a $5 donation to the B.C. Professional Fire Fighters' Burn Fund. There is also a pickup option for a $10 donation. The event will take place on on Jan. 7 and 8 between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. For more information call 604-927-5405.
• Art Knapp Plantland & Florists (1300 Dominion Ave.) will also be chipping trees from Jan. 2 to 22 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. for a $5 donation to benefit juvenile diabetes research. For more information call 604-942-7518.
As well, in Port Coquitlam, residents can chop up their tree and put it out with the municipal green waste collection.
The city will collect it providing it is less than 3" in diameter and 40" long and has no tinsel or chemical spray. For a video on how to dispose of the tree properly go to www.portcoquitlam.ca/green. The chopped-up trees and other yard trimmings and food scraps go to a regional composting facility to be turned into soil amendments for top soil. Residents who are unable to chop their own tree can take it to one of several tree-chipping events in the city.
• Port Moody's fire hall #1 (200 Ioco Rd.) will also be holding a Christmas tree chipping event on Jan. 7 and 8 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. with donations benefiting the burn fund.
• The 1st Anmore Scouts will offer a by-donation tree pick-up service on Jan. 7 and 8. Call 604-461-3012 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for information.