Real or fake? When it comes to Christmas trees, that question isn't even an issue in Drumheller anymore, says Tammy Nygaard, operations manager at the Drumheller & District Regional Landfill.
The landfill no longer takes real trees for recycling purposes, said Nygaard.
"We did it five years ago and there was very few that we got and, when we chipped them, because they're so dry, they just [ended] up being pine needles. [And] because we're not composting right now, really what would we do with them?"
Luckily for Nygaard, not too many people were affected by the policy change.
"We end up with more people trying to recycle their fake trees. I've had more calls this year on artificial trees and if they can recycle those, than I have on real trees. Most people don't even have real trees anymore."
Looking to upgrade your artificial tree next year? Unfortunately, you can't send your old tree off to be recycled.
"In an artificial tree, you've got the wire, you've got the wood stem, you've got the plastic stand, you've got the plastic that the leaves are made out of. So, there's too many components to it."
Nygaard explained that individual components need to be meticulously separated, otherwise a sale of plastic or cardboard can be rejected and returned to the recycling facility.
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