Having outlived its usefulness, an abandoned Christmas tree lies on the side of Saskatchewan Street East in a snowbank on Tuesday. The city will be collecting Christmas trees minus ornaments and tinsel between Tuesday and Jan. 28. The collected trees will then be turned into mulch for use in the Wakamow Valley. Shelby Parker photograph
The city is encouraging residents to recycle their real Christmas trees.
“It’s a good use for the old trees,” said Marlin Stusek, engineering technologist with the City of Moose Jaw. “It’s a good way just for recycling the product rather than throwing it into the landfill.”
Beginning on Monday and lasting until Jan. 25, the city will once again offer its annual Christmas tree pickup service. He said the trees (not artifical) would be collected along with the regular garbage pickup.
“What the city does is actually take them down to Wakamow Valley where they will be mulched and they use the mulch product down in Wakamow Valley,” said Stusek. “It’s very good for moisture and whatnot for the trees and plants down there.”
He said all decorations must be removed, including tinsel and netting, in order for the city to take the tree away. Trees can be placed next to the regular garbage bins for the service.
For more information, see Tuesday's edition of the Times-Herald.