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The where and how of disposing of your Christmas tree

Even if your Christmas tree is already dropping needles, for the sake of family harmony, don’t throw it out until next week.

In Cochrane, there are two ways of doing that.  You can bring your tree to Infrastructure Services at 92 Second St. between 7:00am and 3:00pm on weekdays.

Or – as director of infrastructure services Jared Alcock informs us – just leave it in the snowbank at the end of your driveway.

“But they need to make sure that they are out of the way of snow removal operations,” he adds.. “So place them in the driveway more, but visible for our staff to see them and we’ll pick them up, up until January 13th.”

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The town has a unique way of dealing with the trees beyond that. It’s connected to the winter carnival.

“We have an annual bonfire on Torchlight Parade Night, Alcock reminds us, “and we use them for the fire and any left over will obviously be disposed of.”

This is all for natural trees only.  If you want to get rid of an artificial one, Alcock asks you to take it to the landfill site in Fournier Township.

There will be no changes to garbage or recycling pick-up over the holidays, although the landfill site will be closed December 27th and January 3rd.

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