Planning Christmas Tree Disposal

Planning Christmas Tree Disposal

Quebec City (Quebec) December 21, 2014 – Québec City residents will once again have to either send their Christmas Trees in the garbage or bring them to their local ecocenter this year.  Since 2012, the city no longer collects trees on its territory.  Until 2012, the city had deal with GSI Environment to turn them into compost, but the company has since ceased this service and the city hasn’t replaced it.  City officials point out that the overall ecological gain from the process was doubtful, as the advantages of turning trees to compost rather than trash were offset by the specialised additional trucks going through the city to pick up the trees in the first place.  The last time the city composted its trees, Christmas trees represented 176 tonnes of garbage, which the city also points out is minimal when compared to the 300 000 tonnes of garbage produced annually.

In Lévis, however, tree compost continues.  Residents of Saint-Nicolas, Saint-Rédempteur, Saint-Étienne-de-Lauzon, Saint-Romuald and Saint-Jean-Chrysostome can lay their trees, bereft of all decorations, out for collection on January 10th, while all other Lévis residents can bring their empty trees to local collection centres.

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