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If you have a natural Christmas tree – you have options for its disposal as the holiday season winds down. The city’s tree drop off locations will open New Year’s Day and remain open until January 12th. You can find a list of the sites and more information here.

Meantime – the the Nature Conservancy of Canada is suggesting you leave your tree in the backyard for the winter. The organization says the tree can provide shelter to birds during storms and cold snaps. You can also place some food for the birds in the tree. Later in the year – the group says the tree branches and the trunk can be cut up and placed in your garden. As the branches and trunk decompose – they will help to enrich your soil.