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Time to get rid of the tree

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Jeff Chipchase, above, tossed out two Christmas trees at the regional district's site at the corner of Richter Street and Rowcliffe Avenue. Below, Tony and Noah Marini also dropped off two old Christmas trees.
Tony Marini's family was sad to toss the Christmas tree Sunday.
"We would have kept it up longer if we could," he said.
"We love having it in the house. But it had already been up since Dec. 1, it's a new year now and it's getting dried out."
So Marini and his son Noah backed up the SUV to the tree drop off depot at the corner of Richter Street and Rowcliffe Avenue and unceremoniously added it to the growing pile already there.
Then they pitched another tree on the heap - the one that used to grace the head office of Interior Savings Credit Union, where Marini works.
"We kept the trees well watered, so there wasn't a huge mess," said Marini.
"We just had to sweep up some needles."
The weekend after New Year's Day is prime time to undecorate the tree and get rid of it.
Of course, if you have a fake tree, this is the time of year to box it up and tuck it away until next December.
Real trees can be disposed of the eco-friendly way.
There are five drop off depots throughout the Central Okanagan where you can dump the tree until Jan. 31. (See below for list.)
From there the Central Okanagan Regional Waste Reduction Office will make sure it is chipped and composted into GlenGrow.
The nutrient-rich soil conditioner will go on sale at the Glenmore landfill and various landscape supply stores in the spring so it can be used for top dressing your lawn, landscaping and boosting flower beds, vegetable gardens and potting soils.
Jeff Chipchase also dropped off two trees - one big and one small - at the Richter Street depot Sunday.
"Now's the time to do it when you have the weekend after New Year's," he said.
"My wife is sad to see them go, but it was time. Although the needles didn't fall off too bad this year."
Firefighters also had a tree-chipping event over the weekend at the Enterprise Way, DeHart Road and West Kelowna fire halls to raise money for the B.C. Burn Fund.
Drop off your old trees at the following locations until Jan. 31.
All decorations, tinsel and bags or tarps used to transport the tree must be removed.
- Corner of Richter Street and Rowcliffe Avenue, 24 hours a day
- Glenmore landfill on Glenmore Road, daily 7:30 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.
- Westside Waste Disposal and Recycling Centre on Asquith Road, Monday to Friday 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
- Jack Seaton Park in Lake Country, 24 hours a day
- Compost site in Peachland on Princeton Road, daily 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

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