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Here's how to get rid of your Christmas tree this year (it won't get picked up at the curb)

You can drive your tree to the depot, donate it as a snack for goats and sheep, or let it hang out in the backyard, a feast for birds and other creatures.

This is the first year that the city of London won't be doing curbside tree pickup

London won't be collecting trees at the curb this year. (Jean-Claude Taliana/CBC)

You can drive your tree to the depot, donate it as a snack for goats and sheep, or let it hang out in the backyard, a feast for birds and other creatures. 

For the first time in years, there will be no curbside collection of Christmas trees in the city of London. That means if you leave your tree curbside, it's going to stay there. The change was made as a cost-saving measure. 

The city's EnviroDepots are open on Wednesdays and Saturdays, but have added three additional drop-off days for Christmas trees. 

They are: 

  • Dec. 29, noon to 5:00 p.m.
  • Jan. 4,  noon to 5:00 p.m.
  • Jan. 10,  noon to 5:00 p.m.

Visit the EnviroDepot webpage for locations and regular winter hours of operation.

All decorations must be removed from the tree before dropping it off.

"Residents can also place their Christmas tree in their backyard if they have space and it will become a habitat for birds," the city said in a statement. "In the spring, trees that are three metres or shorter can be placed at the curb for regular yard waste collection."

A sanctuary in Hanover is also accepting trees that will be used for snacks for goats, pigs and sheep.

Residents are reminded to flatten boxes for recycling and that many items can't be recycled, such as wrapping paper and plastic toys and ribbons. 

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