There are any number of ways to get rid of your tree now that Christmas is in the rear-view mirror. The Nature Conservancy of Canada suggests leaving your evergreen tree in your backyard for the birds to rest in while they use your feeder but not everyone has a backyard or a feeder.
There are plenty of other options, however. The Cowichan Valley Regional District reminds residents that their trees can be composted for free at their Bings Creek, Peerless Road and Meade Creek recycling centres.
For those willing to pay for convenience, Fisher Road Recycling will accept your tree for composting for a $9 minimum charge.
If you’re keen to help a local charity, there are options for you, too.
The Duncan Lions Club is hosting their annual Chip in for the Kids event in support of the Easter Seals Camp Shawnigan fundraising campaign.
The Lions will be at the BC Forest Discovery Centre on Jan. 4 and Jan. 5 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. to chip your tree for a donation.
There are three other drop-off spots in the Cowichan Valley: in Shawnigan Lake at Mason’s Store (Jan. 4 only), in Mill Bay at Thrifty Foods, and in Chemainus (on Jan. 5 only) at 9790 Willow St. from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Ladysmith Fire Rescue is also taking trees for a donation on Jan. 4 and Jan. 5. between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. behind their fire hall at 340 6th Ave.