Firefighters are carrying on the tradition of raising money for their local Firefighters Charitable Society, Muscular Dystrophy and British Columbia Professional Firefighters Burn Fund.
The Christmas Tree Pick-up is once again being provided by members of the Penticton Fire Department- IAFF Local 1399.
Penticton residents are encouraged to call the Penticton Fire Department at 250-490-2315 to arrange for their Christmas tree to be picked up by Firefighters during their off time.
A donation to Penticton Firefighters Charitable Society, Muscular Dystrophy and or BC Professional Firefighters Burn Fund is very much appreciated for this service.
On Jan. 2 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., at Station 202 (285 Dawson Ave.), plan to drop your tree off for chipping and enjoy a barbecue hotdog and hot chocolate provided by Penticton Firefighters Local 1399.
The trees are then chipped and taken to the Campbell Mountain Landfill for the composting program.
Residents can also drop off their trees for chipping anytime at Fire Hall #202. A donation box is set up at the fire hall.
The Christmas tree pick-up service will operate until Jan. 18, 2016.
In Naramata, trees will be collected the week of Jan. 18. Residents in Naramata are asked to ensure it is clean of fake snow, tinsel and ornaments when it is placed at your curbside. Call Craig Henderson at 250-496-5222 or email firstname.lastname@example.org if you wish to have your tree picked up. The community service is sponsored by the Naramata Citizens Association, Royal LePage Locations West Realty, Cotter’s Bin and Demolition Service and the RDOS.
Summerland residents can recycle their Christmas trees by calling their firehall at 2550-404-4088 or email email@example.com to request collection. For a donation, Summerland Secondary students will be out collecting trees on Jan. 3 and Jan. 10 to support their dry grad.
Christmas trees can be dropped off at the south gate of the Oliver Public Works Yard at 5971 Sawmill Rd. The service will run Dec. 26 until Jan. 8. The program is supported by the local Air Cadets.
Osoyoos residents can drop off Christmas trees adjacent to the washroom at Kinsmen Park or at the northwest corner of the parking lot below the Sun Bowl Arena sign until Jan. 11.
Burned out Christmas lights and other lighting equipment can be recycled for free at the J&C Bottle Depot in Penticton, the T-2 Bottle Depot in Oliver and the Osoyoos Bottle Depot. The Campbell Mountain Landfill, Oliver and Keremeos Landfills will also accept lighting equipment free of charge.