London, Ontario. Company offers roadside Christmas tree collection with donation – London

A London, Ontario company is slipping in to fill the void after the City of London announced it would no longer pick up roadside Christmas trees.

In 2020, the roadside pickup was removed from the city as a cost-saving move, which prompted Fratta’s Event Planning and Design to come up with a unique idea to help people get rid of their Christmas greens while supporting a local charity.

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The city is reminding Londoners that there is no longer a roadside Christmas tree pickup

For the second year running, the organization is holding its Christmas Tree Wrap-Up, where Londoners can donate at least $ 10 to the London Food Bank and have their tree picked up from the roadside in return.

“I have a long history of fundraising for charities, so my team and I came up with the idea of ​​doing volunteer work and giving back some of our skills,” said owner Katerina Frattas.

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The company has teamed up with Bennett Truck Rentals and will be driving around in the 16-foot trucks on January 8th and 9th, 2022, collecting the Christmas trees from the people signed up. The trees are then taken to the city’s EnviroDepots, where they are properly disposed of.

Registration is open until January 7th. Frattas says signing up soon as there are capacity limits, adding that if all seats are filled before that date, people will be notified through social media.

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When asked how the community responded to the initiative, Frattas said, “Londoners loved it.”

“People got in touch and let us know that it was super helpful last year and that they are looking forward to participating again this year.”

Frattas says they’re expanding only slightly this year to include pickups in Belmont, Ontario on Jan. 9.

They got a late start last year, according to Frattas but still managed to collect 200+ Christmas trees and raise over $ 3,000 for the chalkboard.

“We’re already following this year and hope to collect even more. We have an ambitious goal to double it, but hopefully we can do it this year, ”she said.

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You can register and donate online.

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Free and eco-friendly ways to give your Christmas tree a second life

Free and eco-friendly ways to give your Christmas tree a second life

If you want to dispose of the Christmas tree yourself, you can visit one of the city’s EnviroDepots or place the Christmas tree in your garden and create a habitat for birds. As spring rolls in, trees three meters or shorter can be set up on the curb for regular garden waste.

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