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Christmas tree pick up on Jan. 14

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Who is picking up Christmas trees? Not Town of Tillsonburg staff.

But Frank Van De Slyke of Victory Sod and Supply and Frank Thornton have an alternative for people who are not able - or who do not want to take their trees to the Tillsonburg Transfer Station (50 Newell Road), which Thornton noted has reduced winter hours (open Saturdays 9 a.m. to noon).

JANUARY 14

On Saturday, January 14, the Van De Slyke and Thornton are organizing a Christmas tree pickup in town.

"Together we have come up with a plan to pick up the trees in Tillsonburg, mulch them, and return the mulch to the land on the sod farms," said Thornton. "I'm just doing it to help out - it's a win-win for everybody. A lot of people like to have real trees... and they need to get rid of them. You don't want them to freeze to the ground and stay until the spring."

Glendale High School students who need volunteer hours are supporting the initiative.

"Other volunteers have also stepped up to join such as staff at the Royal Bank."

The plan is for people to leave their tree on the curb before 8 a.m. on the 14th, and their teams of volunteers - in six trucks - will make one pass through the streets of Tillsonburg. Streets only, however. They will not be going down alleys, Thornton said.

"And all of the ornaments and decorations need to be off," he noted.

Driving through the South Ridge subdivision earlier this week, Thornton said he counted 18-19 trees already on the curbs.

"People did not know the Town was not picking them up."

He also visited the town's Customer Service Centre to find out if people were calling about trees.

"They didn't know..."

If the weather is bad, Thornton said the 'storm date' is the following Saturday (Jan. 21). For those who miss the pick up, you can also take your tree to Victory Sod, located at the north end of Tillsonburg on Highway 19 (332434 Plank Line). 

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