There are a number of tree chipping options for residents of the Comox Strathcona waste management (CSWM) region this year.
A one-day tree chipping event is being held at the Campbell River Sportsplex on Saturday, Jan. 7 from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m.
You can also take your Christmas tree to the CSWM’s waste management centres, in the Comox Valley at 2400 Pidgeon Lake Road, Cumberland or in Campbell River at 6700 Argonaut Road.
Christmas trees will be accepted free of charge at both locations. Both waste management centres are open seven days a week from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
The waste management centres will be closed on New Year’s Day.
No matter what disposal method you choose, be sure to remove all of the tinsel and decorations first.
The Comox Strathcona Waste Management (CSWM) service is a function of the Comox Valley Regional District (CVRD) and is responsible for two regional waste management centres that serve the Comox Valley and Campbell River, as well as a range of transfer stations and smaller waste-handling and recycling facilities for the electoral areas of the CVRD and the Strathcona Regional District.
The CSWM service manages over 100,000 tonnes of waste and recycled material and oversees a number of diversion and education programs.
Other tree chipping options:
Meanwhile, a couple of local businesses are offering tree chipping services to benefit good causes and the Black Creek Recreation Association is doing it in Black Creek.
This weekend, Timberwolf Tree Service will chip trees at the Canadian Tire Garden Centre Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For your donation, they will chip your tree and provide free coffee and hot dogs.
The donation will benefit the Mountaire Avian Rescue Society and the BC SPCA.
On Saturday, Jan. 7, bring your Christmas tree to the Campbell River Bottle Depot (1580-F Willow St.) and enjoy hot chocolate and cookies while your tree is chippped by Curt’s Tree Services by donation. All proceeds will go towards the Saturday Soup Kitchen.
On Monday, Jan. 2 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Black Creek Community Centre will be holding its annual Christmas tree disposal day.
Bring your used Christmas tree to the BCCA for disposal by an onsite chipper.
Make sure your tree is tinsel and ornament free. Chipper operated by Skyline Tree Service and free hot chocolate and cookies will be available. By donation to the BCCA.