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Here's where to recycle your Christmas tree in Vancouver

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DH Vancouver Staff Jan 03, 2019 4:18 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 Chipping Events – Saturday, January 5 and Sunday, January 6 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

Curbside Residential Tree Pick Up — Saturday, January 12 and Sunday, January 13

Trees will be collected during the weekend of January 12 and 13. To avoid missing the pick-up, place your tree out before 7 am on January 12. Trees should be set out and laid on their sides. They should not be placed inside your Green Bin, or in a bag.

Tree recycling at UBC – now until January 8 from 10 am to 4 pm

Until January 8, you can recycle your trees at UBC Botanical Garden. Drop off your tree 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.

Christmas tree chip-up and bottle drive fundraiser – Saturday, January 5 from 9 am to 3 pm 

Bring your tree down to support the Watt School of Irish Dance. Please bring a small cash donation. The event takes place at 3030 E Broadway Avenue, Vancouver.

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.

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