The municipality will offer a Christmas tree collection service through the Summerland Fire Department.
Residents can contact the fire department at 250-404-4088 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to request collection of Christmas trees.
For a donation, students from Summerland Secondary School will collect trees on Sunday, Jan. 3 and Sunday, Jan. 10. Donations will go to the Summerland Secondary School Dry Grad.
In addition, all landfills within the Regional District of Okanagan Similkameen will accept, free of charge, up to 500 kilograms of yard waste including clean, natural Christmas trees. Trees must be free of tinsel, fake snow, ornaments and lights.
The chipped trees will be used as animal bedding or compost.
Burning Christmas trees creates strong smoke because of the moisture in the wood and the needles. Tinsel, fake snow and ornaments create additional pollution when trees are burned.
Used lights and other lighting equipment can be recycled for free at the J&C Bottle Depot in Penticton.