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When Christmas season is over, recycle your tree and spent lights
Your Christmas tree is decorated and covered with twinkling lights, but all too soon you’ll have to take it down.
Once again the Town of Osoyoos and Regional District of Okanagan Similkameen (RDOS) are running a tree recycling program until Monday, January 13 in Osoyoos.
Residents are also being encouraged not to throw old Christmas lights in the garbage, but instead to use the recycling programs for lighting equipment and bulbs.
Clean natural Christmas trees that are free of tinsel, fake snow, ornaments and lighting will be accepted at any landfill site in the RDOS.
In Osoyoos, you can leave your tree next to the washroom at Kinsmen Park (on the boulevard) or at the northwest corner of the parking lot under the Sun Bowl Arena sign.
Lights and bulbs can be recycled at the Osoyoos Bottle Depot.
Residents can recycle lamps, light strings, flashlights and other lights year-round at the bottle depot.
The town and the RDOS suggest that after recycling your old incandescent Christmas lights that you replace them with new LED light strings. LED strings last 10 times longer, use 90 per cent less power and reduce the risk of fire.
The tree-chipping program has been running for many years and the chips are used as compost.
The Town of Osoyoos uses the compost itself and also sells it through the contractor at the landfill site.
Burning of trees is not permitted in town. The RDOS recommends against burning Christmas trees as they are moist and create strong smoke. Fine particulates from smoke have been linked to respiratory and heart diseases. Any tinsel, fake snow or ornaments left on the tree will create added pollution.
For further information about the tree chipping program in Osoyoos call the Public Works Department at 250-495-6213. In the RDOS, call the Solid Waste Department at 250-490-4129 or toll free at 1-877-610-3737 ext. 4129.
For information about light recycling, visit http://www.lightrecycle.ca.
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