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Annual campaign to recycle trees for food bank donations

The third annual Chip Away Hunger is looking to recycle trees for a good cause this Saturday.

This service will be mulching trees into woodchips in exchange for food bank donations at Astec Safety Inc., 6206 44 street this Saturday, January 5.

The event is being held by Lloyd’s Limb Service is behind the event. Owner and operator of the company, Lloyd Rumbolt, says the campaign lets trees be recycled in a way that’s different from regular tree disposal.

“This way they get recycled and reused as wood chip mulch into landscaping, and we just give that away as well one the campaign is over. So really we’re trying to provide an alternate service for people to do something else with their trees, and not make any profits from it,” says Rumbolt.

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Rumbolt hopes to surpass last year’s total of just over $1,000 in food and cash. He says that there seem to be fewer food drives after the holiday season.

“It seems like there are more food drive campaigns before Christmas to try and stock the shelves and help people out that are in need. It does seem in my mind to fall a little bit quiet for food drive campaigns, so we hope that this helps,” says Rumbolt.

Rumbolt says that while the need is still there he hopes to help out as much as he can.

Chip Away Hunger will be this Saturday from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m.

North Battleford residents can also enjoy tree mulching until January 31 at the City of North Battleford Parks Shop, at 11202 8 avenue.

The city says any decoration left on may damage equipment, and asks that all lights, wire, tinsel, fake snow and other decoration be removed before mulching,

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