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Give your Christmas tree a new life through chipping

There are numerous locations for Christmas tree composting in the Central Okanagan.
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December 24, 2018 - 1:30 PM

KELOWNA - Christmas trees can live on by turning them into a rich soil additive called GlenGrow.

Taking the tree to numerous Central Okanagan drop off locations – or chopping it up and putting it in your yard waste bin for pick up next spring – means trees can be chipped and composted to provide nutrients for soil, states a news release from the Regional Waste Reduction Office.

Prunings and branches that go in the bin can’t be more than five cm (two inches) in circumference and less than one meter (3 ft.) long. Bin pickup starts March 1, 2019.

All the decorations and tinsel must be removed first, along with any plastic bags used for transporting the trees.

December 26 through Jan. 31 are:

Kelowna and Area:
Ben Lee Park (parking lot at Houghton Road)
Cook Road Boat Launch (parking lot)

Glenmore Landfill (Glenmore Road)
Open Monday-Sunday 7:30 a.m. – 4:45 p.m.
Closed Dec 25, 26th and Jan. 1
(3 tree limit)

West Kelowna:
Westside Residential Waste Disposal and Recycling Center (Asquith Road)
Open Friday-Monday 7:30 a.m. – 3:50 p.m. Closed Dec 25 and Jan. 1

Lake Country:
Jack Seaton Park (1950 Camp Rd.)

Residents can take their trees and yard waste year round to the Westside Residential Waste Disposal Center on Asquith Road in West Kelowna (see hours above).

For more information on tree chipping or holiday recycling, visit, download the free My Waste App (Google Play or App store), or call the Regional Waste Reduction Office at 250-469-6250.

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