Free recycling for your Christmas trees and used lights

Free or by-donation Christmas tree pick ups are available in Penticton, Summerland, Oliver, Osoyoos and Naramata.

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Give your Christmas tree and burnt out Christmas lights a second life this holiday season by recycling them at one of many convenient locations throughout the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen.

Used Christmas lights and all 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 can also accept lighting equipment free of charge. For more information visit www.lightrecycle.ca.

Several communities offer Christmas Tree collection or drop off programs as well for clean, natural trees.

All landfills in the Regional District will accept, free of charge, up to 500 kg (1,100 lbs) of yard waste including clean natural Christmas trees. Trees must be free of tinsel, fake snow, ornaments and lights. The trees will be chipped and given new life as animal bedding or compost.  Burning Christmas Trees create strong smoke due to moisture in the wood and needles. Fine particulates from smoke have been linked to respiratory and heart diseases. Any tinsel, fake snow or ornaments left on the tree will create added pollution.

Penticton

For a donation, the Penticton Fire Fighters Local 1399 will pick up Christmas trees from Dec. 27 to Jan. 16. All donations received will go to the B.C. Professional Fire Fighters Burn Fund and Muscular Dystrophy charities.

Penticton and West Bench residents can call 250-490-2315 to register for collection. Residents can also drop off clean, natural Christmas trees at Fire Hall No. 2 at 285 Dawson Ave. from Dec. 26 to Jan. 31.

District of Summerland

Summerland residents can call the Fire Hall at 250-404-4087 or email sfd@summerland.ca to request collection of their Christmas trees. For a donation, Summerland Secondary School students will be out collecting trees on Sunday, Jan. 8 and Sunday, Jan. 15. Donations go to the Summerland Secondary Dry Grad.

Town of Oliver

Oliver residents can drop off Christmas trees at the south gate of the Oliver Public Works Yard at 5971 Sawmill Rd. This service will run from Dec. 26 to Friday, Jan. 6. This program is supported by the local Air Cadets.

Town of Osoyoos

Osoyoos residents can drop off Christmas trees adjacent to the washroom at Kinsmen Park (on boulevard) or at the Northwest Corner of the Parking Lot below Sun Bowl Arena sign until Monday, Jan. 9. Questions can be directed to Operational Services at 250-495-6213 or pubworks@osoyoos.ca.

Naramata

In Naramata, trees will be collected the week of Jan. 12.  If you live in Naramata and would like your Christmas Tree picked up by volunteers, ensure it is clean of fake snow, tinsel and ornaments and place it at your curbside.

Advise Craig Henderson that you wish to have your tree picked up, 250-496-5222 or craig@vip.net. This community service is sponsored by the Naramata Citizens Association, Craig Henderson of Royal LePage Locations West Realty, EZ Bins and the RDOS.

 

 

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