How to recycle your Christmas tree in Calgary

Dec 19 2017, 2:54 am

The saddest time of the year to be a Christmas tree is when New Year’s is over and it’s time to chip up the holiday centre-piece.

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Luckily, for the hearts and souls of trees galore, Calgary makes it quick and painless to dismember that precious pine. Whether it be Blue Spruce, Douglas Fir, a Noble, or the wondrous Fraser Fir, no one can commit Christmas tree-son and let their tree go cold and rotten in the backyard with the myriad of places to bid it a grand fare-thee-well.

If you’re stumped as to where to go, head to these locations during the month of January to drop off your tree or have it picked up:

Tree drop-off

Drop your tree off at any of these temporary drop-off locations between December 26 and January 31. Landfills are only open between Monday to Saturday from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Tree pick-up

The City of Calgary picks up old Christmas trees by the curb beginning Friday, January 8.

Trees must be out on the curb by 7 a.m. on January 8 with all lights, ornaments and tinsle removed. Do not bag or wrap your tree. If the tree is not picked up the first day you leave it out, keep it on the curb and crews will pick it up by the end of January.

You may also cut your tree into small pieces and place it in your Black Cart. It will be collected with garbage.