Ridge Meadows Search and Rescue will pick up your Christmas tree for chipping.

Christmas tree chipping starting

Contact Ridge Meadows Search and Rescue.

Once the holiday season is over, it’s time to toss the tree and get rid of the fire hazard that’s sitting in your living room.

Ridge Meadows Search and Rescue, along with the 1st Haney Venturers and Rovers scout group, will pick up your tree at curbside, if you call and leave your name and address and which of four days – Jan. 7, 8 or 14, 15 – you’d like your tree picked up.

Also, leave a donation under the mat or in the mailbox.

The scouts will then haul down the tree to Search and Rescue headquarters in Albion flats where Bartlett Tree Experts will chip up the trees.

Or, you can bring the trees to Search and Rescue yourself, along with a donation.

The annual event, which has been going on for more than two decades, is a good fundraiser for SAR.

“Some people are very generous with their donations,” said Rick Laing, with Search and Rescue.

Despite several lost hikers in the Vancouver area, no people have gone missing in Maple Ridge or Pitt Meadows so far this Christmas, said Laing.

Fire and police in Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows report no major incidents over Christmas. Both fire departments urge people to toss out their trees as soon as possible.

• To arrange for a pick-up, call 604-244-2850 or go to scoutchipping@gmail.com.

 

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