Christmas tree recycling program back in North Battleford

Saskatchewan experienced severe shortages in precipitation throughout the summer, along with multiple serious wildfires.

Residents have multiple opportunities to drop their trees off at one of two facilities this month, which also allows for having them in homes during Ukrainian Christmas.

The City of North Battleford Parks Shop, located at 11202 – Eighth Ave., will be available weekdays from 8:00 am – 4:00 pm until Jan. 28. The Waste Management Facility will also take in Christmas trees, without fees, until Jan 29. Regular fees for Christmas trees resume on Jan 31. Those open hours are Monday to Saturday, from 8:00 am – 6:00 pm, though there’s no admittance past 5:45 pm

McDonald said the second option makes things flexible enough for anyone who wants to drop off their trees.

“That should help anyone who needs to bring the trees in outside of their regular work schedule,” he said. “It’s important that residents participate in this free program each year, at either one of our two drop off locations.”

An important factor for anyone’s participation is the removal of lights, string, wire, ornaments, tinsel and fake snow before dropping the tree off. McDonald said this isn’t done by staff and is necessary to ensure the most efficiency of the material.

“We ask the residents to be responsible and remove all the non-organic decorations from the tree, so it doesn’t degrade the mulch or damage any city equipment,” he said. “Which is very costly.”

An online tool called Recycle Coach is available or as an app to determine what is trash or recycling. More information on the Christmas tree program is available on the City’s website.

Smart meter bookings

The Water Meter Conversion program, which began in March, is approximately 59 per cent complete. All areas of North Battleford are currently booking installations, except for properties with known ¾” meters. McDonald said the City is encouraging residents to book an installation appointment for their convenience.

“It’s mandatory, so you might as well book now when it’s convenient for you, rather than having a date and time where it’s imposed on you,” he said.

Information on how to book an appointment is available here.

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