Where to recycle your real Christmas Tree in Vancouver

Jan 2 2018, 7:26 pm

Now that the New Year is here and the hangovers are hopefully a thing of the past, one daunting task still remains: taking down the Christmas tree. Somehow it isn’t as much fun as putting one up.

For those who opt for real trees, you have the extra work of recycling your tree. You could just toss it in your neighbour’s yard and take your chances, or you can recycle it at the following locations and times:

Lions Club Christmas Tree Recycling – January 8 and 9

In partnership with the Lion’s Club, residents are invited to bring their Christmas trees to one of the four locations listed below from 10 am to 4 pm.

Donations of cash and non-perishable food items are welcome and will be distributed to local charities. Last year the Lions Clubs chipped over 2,900 trees.

Over 65,000 trees have been chipped since the City and the Lions Club first partnered to recycle Christmas trees in 1996.

  1. Kerrisdale Community Ice Rink parking lot: 5670 E Boulevard, north of 41st Ave
  2. Sunset Beach upper parking lot: Beach Avenue and Broughton Street
  3. Kitsilano Beach parking lot: Cornwall Avenue and Arbutus Street
  4. Trout Lake Community Centre: 3360 Victoria Drive south of 12th Avenue

Curbside Residential Tree Pick Up – January 13 and 14

Christmas trees will be collected the weekend of January 13 and 14 from homes that have City Green Bin collection.

Avoid getting missed, set your tree out in your regular collection area before 7 am on Saturday, January 13 for pick up.

Trees should be set out on their own and laid on their sides. Do not place your tree inside your Green Bin or bag or bundle it.

Drop-off to Depot – now 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.