Christmas tree

Christmas tree recycling and chipping

You have three options for recycling your live, cut Christmas tree:

Bring your tree for chipping, donate to charity

Every year City staff and Lions Club volunteers provide Christmas tree chipping events. After the trees are chipped, they are taken to the Vancouver Landfill to be composted.

Your cash and non-perishable food donations collected at the events will be distributed to local charities.

List of tree chipping locations

Select 'Show more' to view a list of tree chipping locations.

Set out your tree out for collection

If the City collects your food scraps and yard waste, you can set out your live, cut Christmas tree for collection by 7:00am on January 16.

To get your tree ready for pick-up:

  • Remove all decorations and tinsel
  • Lay the tree on its side, 1 m away from garbage and green bins
  • Leave the tree loose (no bags, string, or rope)

If your tree isn't picked up on collection day, leave it out. We use different trucks to collect trees so our crews may come later.

Drop off your tree at the Landfill or Transfer Station

Bring your tree to the Vancouver Landfill or the Vancouver South Transfer Station for free until January 31. Remove all decorations and tinsel beforehand.

Recycle your tree

Collection schedules

Find your waste collection schedule and download the VanCollect app to sign up for reminders.

Landfill and Transfer Station

Get more information on the hours of operation and directions to the Landfill and the Transfer Station.