Do you remember last month when we were talking about the Christmas tree drop-offs around the outskirts of town? We had mentioned that you could get a free sapling in exchange for your used Christmas tree that you could plant to help reduce your carbon footprint on the planet. With all of the trees that were donated to the cause, we thought we'd give you an update on what happened to some of those trees and how they are going to be used.
In Airdrie, the tree drop-off was held from December 27 up to 1 February. The Eastside Recycle Depot collected these trees after the holiday season and now it's time to put them to good use.
A chipping event was held for these Christmas trees on Saturday, February 2. This was hosted by the Waste and Recycling department of the City of Airdrie and this event is held annually to cut up the trees and chip them in order to make mulch.
Participating in the event were representatives from Asplundh, FortisAlberta and the City of Airdrie. Asplundh and FortisAlberta donated their time and equipment to get the tree chipping done so that all of the trees donated to the Eastside Recycle Depot could be put to good use.
The mulch is to be distributed on the pathways and parks throughout the City of Airdrie and at Iron Horse Park. If you were one of the donators of a tree, just take a look down the next time you're on one of these pathways or visiting a park in the spring. The mulch that you see the below your feet may have come from your Christmas tree that instead of ending up in a landfill was reused to help protect the environment.
If you happened to donate your tree to any of the other donation sites you can feel free to call them up and ask them what was done specifically with their trees and where the mulch is supposed to be distributed. This way, you can continue to receive enjoyment from the Christmas tree you purchased in December for many months to come knowing where it ended up and what it was used for.