Christmas trees across P.E.I. must be curbside now for disposal

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FILE PHOTO: Kim Riehl, resource management officer with Parks Canada Prince Edward Island Field Unit, was happy to receive a shipment of gently used Christmas trees from Island Waste Management Corporation that will be used for dune restoration projects.

IWMC says dedicated trucks are on the go, so tree pickup won't be on regular cart days

Christmas trees must be curbside now for pickup this week.

Island Waste Management Corporation (IWMC) said trees should have been curbside as of 7 a.m. Monday, noting its drivers will travel each Island road during this week to pick up the trees.

The tree collection may not be on the same day carts are collected. Dedicated trucks are used for trees so that they can be kept separate from household organics.

If your tree was out on time, but not collected during the first week of January, IWMC said it is important to contact them no later than Jan.15.

Also, during January, trees from households can be taken at no charge to any Waste Watch drop-off centre throughout the province.

Trees delivered to the compost facility are chipped and either used in the manufacturing of compost or used as mulch for horticultural purposes.

Parks Canada also receives Christmas trees from IWMC, which are recycled to help restore damaged sand dunes in P.E.I.’s National Park, positioned in the dunes to act like an organic snow fence and hold sand in areas experiencing rapid inland sand movement.

Organizations: Island Waste Management, Parks Canada

Geographic location: P.E.I.

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