Get chipper at Surrey tree chipping events

SURREY — What’s the most fun you can have with your Christmas tree, after picking the perfect pine and trimming it with decorations and tinsel? When it comes to taking down your holiday tree and disposing of it properly, Surrey’s tree chipping events put the fun in fundraiser.

Doug Thomas, who runs the Knights of Columbus annual Christmas Tree Chipping event, says this is the affair’s 10th year, and they usually see around 180 trees.

“The chips have been taken to a nursery in the past, we’ve taken them to a farm… they’re basically being recycled,” Thomas said.

Other tree chipping events South of the Fraser will benefit high school dry grads, churches and the Surrey Firefighters Charitable Society. Some will include other recycling opportunities, like electronic disposal and bottle drives.

Below are Surrey’s Tree Chipping events:

  • Christmas Tree Chipping & Bottle Drive on Sunday, Jan. 4, 1 to 4 p.m., at Emmanuel Covenant Church, 17029 16th Ave., Surrey. Info: Emmanuelcovenant.ca.

  • Enver Creek Secondary Dry Grad 2015 fundraiser (Christmas tree chipping by donation, clothing drive and bottle drive), Saturday, Jan. 3 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at school,14505 84 Ave., Surrey.

  • Tree Chipping hosted by Rotary Club of Surrey Guildford on Jan. 3 and Jan. 4, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily at North Surrey Secondary School, 15945 96th Ave., Surrey. “We will also be accepting small electronic devices for recycling. All by donation. Info: Rotarysurrey.ca, 778-808-5232.

  • Knights of Columbus’ annual Christmas Tree Chipping (by donation) on Jan. 3 (10 a.m. to 4 p.m.) and Jan. 4 (noon to 4 p.m.) at St. Matthew’s Parish parking lot, 16079 88th Ave., Surrey. “Fundraising with proceeds to local charities.” Info: Call Doug Thomas, 604-218-2722.

  • Surrey Firefighters’ Annual Tree Chip (by donation) on Saturday, Jan. 3 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Newton Athletic Park (128th Street and 74th Avenue). “Drop by and Chip your Tree Here” or visit Surreyfirefighters.com/charitablesociety/campaigns/treechip/ for more info.

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