If you're tired of vacuuming up needles falling off your Christmas tree, the City of Vancouver has an easy solution for you.
Just take the tree to one of four locations this weekend and it will be recycled for free.
It's being done in partnership with the Lions Club, which is accepting donations of nonperishable food items that will be given away to local charities.
All you have to do is remove all the tinsel and decorations and go to one of the following sites between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday (January 6 and 7):
* Kerrisdale Community Ice Rink parking lot (5670 East Boulevard);
* Sunset Beach upper parking lot (near the Beach Avenue and Broughton Street intersection);
* Kitsilano Beach parking lot (near Cornwall Avenue and Arbutus Street);
* and Trout Lake Community Centre (3360 Victoria Drive).
Two other ways to get rid of the tree
The city has highlighted other options for Vancouver residents who can't make it this weekend to the locations listed above..
The tree can be dropped off for free—minus the tinsel and decorations—until January 31 at the Vancouver South Transfer Station (377 West Kent Avenue North) or the Vancouver landfill (5400 72nd Street, Delta).
The tree can also be left for curbside residential pick-up on the weekend of January 13 and 14, but only outside homes that already receive the city green bin collection. The city advises that the tree should be left in the regular collection area before 7 a.m. on January 13.