Where to get rid of your Christmas tree in Vancouver

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      So you've participated in the annual, highly wasteful tradition that is a live Christmas tree (we did too). Now it's time to compost that droopy monster that's shedding needles all over your living-room floor.

      One option is to bring your tree (sans decorations) to a Lions Club chipping event in Vancouver, along with a donation of cash or nonperishable food. These events are scheduled for Saturday and Sunday (January 5 and 6) from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the following locations:

      • Kerrisdale Community Ice Rink parking lot (East Boulevard, north of West 41st Avenue);
      • Kitsilano Beach parking lot (Cornwall Avenue and Arbutus Street);
      • Sunset Beach upper parking lot (Beach Avenue and Broughton Street);
      • Rona Home & Garden Grandview overflow parking lot (2727 East 12th Avenue, north of Grandview Highway).

      Vancouver residents can also put their trees out with their yard trimmings before 7 a.m. on their regular collection days, up until January 31. As well, residents have the option of dropping off trees for free at the Vancouver South Transfer Station (377 West Kent Avenue North) or the Vancouver Landfill (5400 72nd Street, Delta) until the end of the month.

      Whatever you decide to do, it's not a good idea to burn your tree indoors, especially if you haven't been watering it.

      Which burns better—a dry or a watered Christmas tree?