Here's where to recycle your Christmas tree in Vancouver

Dec 23 2019, 4:56 pm

For those who opt for real Christmas trees, there is the extra task of properly discarding it from your home once all the festivities have wrapped up.

Luckily in Vancouver there is no shortage of places to do just that. Your trees can be recycled at the following locations and times:

Lions Club Chipping Events – January 4 and 5 from 10 am to 4 pm

Residents can bring their trees to one of four Lions Club chipping events for chipping and composting. Donations of cash and non-perishable food items are welcome. This year’s chipping events take place at the following locations:

  • Kerrisdale Community Ice Rink parking lot — 5670 E Blvd, north of 41st Ave
  • Sunset Beach upper parking lot — Beach Ave and Broughton St
  • Kitsilano Beach parking lot — Cornwall Ave and Arbutus St
  • Trout Lake Community Centre parking lot — 3360 Victoria Drive south of 12th Avenue

Curb-side Residential Tree Pick Up – January 11 and 12

Trees will be collected during the weekend of January 11 and 12. To avoid missing the pick-up, place your tree out before 7 am on January 12. Trees should be set out and laid on its side. They should not be placed inside your Green Bin or in a bag.

Tree Recycling at UBC – December 26 to January 8

Until January 8, you can recycle your trees at UBC Botanical Garden. Follow the signs and place your tree behind the orange posts. They will be chipped into mulch and used on garden trails. A suggested donation of $5 is appreciated. All proceeds will support the SPEC School Gardens Program at Thunderbird Elementary School.

Drop-off to Depot – until January 31

Christmas trees can be dropped off until January 31 – at no charge – to the Vancouver South Transfer Station located at 377 West Kent Avenue North or the Vancouver Landfill located at 5400 72nd Street in Delta.

Remember to remove all tinsel and decorations before recycling your tree; those materials contaminate the compost made from collected trees.

For more information on recycling Christmas trees and other yard trimmings, visit the city’s website.