Giving your Christmas tree a second life is an eco-friendly way to support the 2014 grad class.
The J.L. Crowe graduating class will be circling Trail neighbourhoods all day Sunday to pick up Christmas trees left curbside and bring them to the landfill for recycle.
The city pays the group $750 for the somewhat prickly work and the regional district waives all tipping fees.
“The money we receive is used to fund grad events such as memory walk and prom,” said Jesse Bartsoff, 2014 grad class president.
For those wishing to “de-tree” before that date, there are designated drop off points in Waneta, Glenmerry, Sunningdale, Tadanac, Miral Heights and East and West Trail, where trees can be piled for pick up.
Students will pass through the area only once, so residents are asked to place clean trees on the edge of the driveway away from any snow and ice on Saturday night or earlier.
All decorations and any type of plastic covers need to be removed from the trees before recycling, and students are directed to de-tinsel and strip decorations from trees left curbside or at the designated drop off site.
Christmas trees are considered organic waste and as part of the RDKB’s zero waste policy, are fed through a large chipper and re-used for tree mulch or as fill in community flower beds and gardens.