dead trees 

Recycle that Christmas tree Discarded Christmas trees lined Highway 99 last week, harbingers of holidays past unceremoniously plopped on snow banks. Considering the amount of ceremony attached to the venerable Christmas tree, it doesn’t get much respect after New Year's Day. But in this age of reduce, re-use and recycle, you don’t have to throw out your tree. Rod MacLeod and the Whistler Mountain Ski Classic can put your old Christmas tree to good use. The needles from the trees can be removed, bagged and used as mulch on the World Cup downhill course on Whistler Mountain in February. "There's a group of volunteers from the World Cup Committee who painstakingly take the boughs and needles off the trees to use as mulch and markers on the course," MacLeod says. To make your tree part of the Whistler Mountain Ski Classic, simply deposit it, not on the side of Highway 99, but behind the trash compactors at either Mons or Function Junction. Carney's Waste Systems will haul them to the Whistler Landfill for bough and needle removal. The more adventurous can take their tree directly to the landfill. "Please don't put them in the trash compactors," MacLeod says. "Last year we used all of the trees on the course, it was great."

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