Discarding used Christmas trees into the city dump is wasteful, but there are eco-friendly ways to dispose of them or give them a new life.
Perhaps the cutest way to deal with a tree involves feeding a herd of goats at Aurora Farms in St. Norbert.
“Christmas trees are a great green boost for the goats in the winter. They love the taste of the needles and bark, and they also love using the branches to scratch themselves!” the farm posted on its Facebook page.
Trees can be dropped off at 4265 Waverley St. between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. any day of the week. While the farm is closed due to COVID-19, people can watch the animals from inside their vehicles.
The Forks is also accepting trees to help decorate its “winter wonderland” skating trails. The dropoff site is located in the parking lot behind the CityTV building.
The City of Winnipeg also offers a recycling option for trees dropped off at designated locations before Jan. 31.
Brady 4R Winnipeg Depot, 1777 Brady Rd.
Charleswood Centre, 3900 Grant Ave.
Kilcona Park, Lagimodiere Boulevard and McIvor Ave.
Kildonan Park, 2015 Main St.
Pacific 4R Winnipeg Depot, 1120 Pacific Ave.
Panet 4R Winnipeg Depot, 429 Panet Rd.
St. James Civic Centre, 2055 Ness Ave.
St. Vital Park, 190 River Rd.
A pick-up option is available for the city’s recycling program through SSCOPE, a non-profit that provides jobs to people living with a mental health illness through environmentally friendly programs. The service costs a small fee and can be arranged by calling 204-987-6300.
The city estimates that in 28 years, approximately 390,000 trees have been diverted from the landfill through the recycling program.
Decorations and tree bags must be removed. Wood chip mulch will be available free of charge, while quantities last, at all Let’s Chip In depots (except the 4R Winnipeg Depot locations) starting in early January. You must take your own container.
Sarah Lawrynuik, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Winnipeg Free Press