As Christmas trees leave Shuswap living rooms, they can be whisked away by rugby players for a small donation or left outside as a home for birds before decomposing into the soil. (Lachlan Labere-Salmon Arm Observer)

As Christmas trees leave Shuswap living rooms, they can be whisked away by rugby players for a small donation or left outside as a home for birds before decomposing into the soil. (Lachlan Labere-Salmon Arm Observer)

Options available for Christmas trees leaving Shuswap homes

The Yeti Rugby club is doing its annual tree pickup in exchange for donations

Christmas trees are still standing in many homes around the Shuswap but when the time comes to get rid of them a variety of options are available which can minimize the hassle and even benefit a good cause.

The Salmon Arm Yeti Rugby Club’s annual Christmas tree collection will be proceeding on Jan. 10. The team picks up trees and disposes of them in exchange for donations each year. Coach Greg Seed said the event has happened annually since 2002 and, while it is not a huge moneymaker, he said the team is grateful for the donations.

Read More: 57 new cases of COVID-19 in Interior Health

Read More: Snow, warmer temperatures heading for the Shuswap in early 2021

Players from the rugby team will be picking up trees left out on the curb and going door to door to collect donations. Anyone who will not be home on the morning the trees will be picked up can attach envelopes with donations to the trees. Cheques can be made out to the Yeti Rugby Club and e-transfers can be sent to gsseedd@shaw.ca with the address of the house included. Those whose trees are missed can contact Seed at 250-515-1934 to arrange a pickup.

Seed said the money raised goes towards covering the costs of league play and rugby tours abroad which have seen Salmon Arm teams travelling to New Zealand, Australia, South Africa, Trinidad and other locations. A trip to Grand Cayman planned for March 2021 had to be cancelled.

He noted that the fate of the spring rugby league is up in the air due to COVID-19 but a fall 2021 Rugby 7s league is being planned.

Read More: WATCH: Helicopter rescues injured snowmobiler near Enderby

Read More: Okanagan man found dead on West Kelowna snowshoeing trail

Those who miss out on the rugby team’s Christmas tree pickup or who live outside Salmon Arm have other options for disposing of the tree. Columbia Shuswap Regional District (CSRD) landfills and transfer stations will accept trees as yard waste but the regional district has asked to make sure all trees are free of tinsel or other decorations.

The Nature Conservancy of Canada has also suggested another option for people who want to bring more bird and animal life to their backyards. A tree left leaning against a fence or laid down in a garden can serve as a winter home for birds and then as a hideout for toads, insects and bees as it decomposes further.

– with files from Charlie Carey



jim.elliot@saobserver.net

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Christmas

Just Posted

This undated file photo provided by Ernie Carswell & Partners shows the home featured in the opening and closing scenes of The Brady Bunch in Los Angeles. Do you know the occupation of Mike Brady, the father in this show about a blended family? (Anthony Barcelo/Ernie Carswell & Partners via AP, File)
QUIZ: A celebration of dad on Father’s Day

How much do you know about famous fathers?

Carver Bara winds up to throw a pitch at his June 14 game. (Kristal Burgess Photography)
PHOTOS: 15 and under baseballers step up to bat

A June 14 Salmon Arm minor baseball game resulted in action-packed moments

The City of Salmon Arm’s freshly painted Chevrolet van was ready to begin its mobile visitor centre duties on June 18, 2021. (Martha Wickett - Salmon Arm Observer)
Eye-catching van to spread word of what’s great about Salmon Arm

Mobile outreach is one component of the city’s new visitor service strategy

Nash Bredick and Ian Calkins enjoying a ride at a previous Salmon Arm fall fair. (Cameron Thomson - Salmon Arm Observer)
Salmon Arm fair returns for 2021

Fair takes place Sept. 10-12 and features midway, vendors and special events

Marco Mendicino, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship during a press conference in Ottawa on Thursday, May 13, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
Canada to welcome 45,000 refugees this year, says immigration minister

Canada plans to increase persons admitted from 23,500 to 45,000 and expedite permanent residency applications

Barbara Violo, pharmacist and owner of The Junction Chemist Pharmacy, draws up a dose behind vials of both Pfizer-BioNTech and Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines on the counter, in Toronto, Friday, June 18, 2021. An independent vaccine tracker website founded by a University of Saskatchewan student says just over 20 per cent of eligible Canadians — those 12 years old and above — are now fully vaccinated. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
At least 20% of eligible Canadians fully vaccinated, 75% with one dose: data

Earlier projections for reopening at this milestone didn’t include Delta variant

Emily Steele holds up a collage of her son, 16-year-old Elijah-Iain Beauregard who was stabbed and killed in June 2019, outside of Kelowna Law Courts on June 18. (Aaron Hemens/Capital News)
Kelowna woman who fatally stabbed Eli Beauregard facing up to 1.5 years of jail time

Her jail sentence would be followed by an additional one to 1.5 years of supervision

Cpl. Scott MacLeod and Police Service Dog Jago. Jago was killed in the line of duty on Thursday, June 17. (RCMP)
Abbotsford police, RCMP grieve 4-year-old service dog killed in line of duty

Jago killed by armed suspect during ‘high-risk’ incident in Alberta

The George Road wildfire near Lytton, B.C., has grown to 250 hectares. (BC Wildfire Service)
B.C. drone sighting halts helicopters fighting 250 hectares of wildfire

‘If a drone collides with firefighting aircraft the consequences could be deadly,’ says BC Wildfire Service

A dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine is pictured at a vaccination site in Vancouver Thursday, March 11, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
NACI advice to mix vaccines gets varied reaction from AstraZeneca double-dosers

NACI recommends an mRNA vaccine for all Canadians receiving a second dose of a COVID-19 vaccine

A aerial view shows the debris going into Quesnel Lake caused by a tailings pond breach near the town of Likely, B.C., Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2014. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
Updated tailings code after Mount Polley an improvement: B.C. mines auditor

British Columbia’s chief auditor of mines has found changes to the province’s requirements for tailings storage facilities

A North Vancouver man was arrested Friday and three police officers were injured after a 10-person broke out at English Bay on June 19, 2021. (Youtube/Screen grab)
Man arrested, 3 police injured during 10-person brawl at Vancouver beach

The arrest was captured on video by bystanders, many of whom heckled the officers as they struggled with the handcuffed man

Most Read