A Christmas tree sits at the edge of a yard in downtown Whitehorse on Feb. 8. (Chris Windeyer/Yukon News)

Weather causes delays for Whitehorse residents pining for Christmas tree pickup

City crews should have tree collection completed within two weeks

If your Christmas tree is still sitting on the curb, half-buried in snow, blame the weather.

The city crews that were scheduled to start removing the trees beginning Jan. 8 have been pulled away in recent weeks to focus on clearing snow from roads and sidewalks.

Richard Graham, manager of operations with the city, said that while snowfall hasn’t been heavy, it has been consistent.

Graham said garbage and compost pick-up hasn’t been derailed by the weather because, while tree removal is part of that pick-up program, a separate city crew that gets assigned to roads-related issues carries out the work.

Graham said it takes a bit longer because of the manual labour involved in loading the trees into pick-up trucks and one-tons, which can carry more trees than the standard compost trucks.

From there, trees are delivered to the landfill, which is managed by water and waste.

“It really came down to priorities and realistically the trees aren’t going to go bad on the curbs for a little bit longer,” said Graham.

“The priority roads are our priority on a daily basis.”

Graham said tree removal is 75 to 80 per cent complete, with trees in Porter Creek and Copper Ridge taken care of.

He said trees remain in Riverdale, Hillcrest and downtown.

“We know there’s still some out there and we are hoping to finish in the next couple weeks,” said Graham.

After that, he said crews will do a final sweep of neighbourhoods.

The City of Whitehorse will update people via its twitter account, @city_whitehorse. Graham said the city is trying to update it at least weekly.

Anyone with a tree remaining by the end of February can contact operations at 668-8345.

Contact Amy Kenny at amy.kenny@yukon-news.com

Just Posted

Walmart to end overnight RV camping this summer

If only drivers of vehicles equipped with beds, fridges and showers could find shelter….

Look who’s 40: Dawson City Music Festival still kicking

‘I hope that they get to see some mind-blowing music’

How did the Yukon government fail to foresee the Whistle Bend housing crunch?

Adding 150 new continuing care workers to a town where rentals are scarce requires better planning

Whitehorse knight seeks return of swords stolen from truck

‘To anybody who’s not doing medieval martial arts, they’re basically just two big metal sticks’

Yukon’s housing-first project set to go over its original budget estimate

The lowest bid came in at $3.9 million. The government originally estimated $2.7 million

New logo unveiled for 2019 National Aboriginal Hockey Championships

‘I think bringing this tournament to Whitehorse will show some of these kids what is possible’

Yukon man found guilty of sexually abusing two girls

The man was found guilty of three counts of sexual interference and acquitted on two others

Destruction Bay motel owners appeal human rights pantsing case

Talbot Arm Motel co-owners Suzanne Tremblay and Charles Eikland filed a notice of appeal July 10

Atlin’s music festival breaks the rules, in a good way

With no cell service and the marketing kept to a minimum, this little festival is actually fun

New name, same data: Carproof to become Carfax Canada

Automotive data firm Carproof has announced that its name will change to… Continue reading

Jessica Frotten captures 4 medals at Canadian Track and Field Championships

‘I’ve had such amazing support system, that’s number one’

Whitehorse dressage show a competition for all ages

‘It’s about being one with your horse and working as a team and celebrating the harmony’

Most Read