Christmas tree recycling and chipping

You have three options for recycling your live, cut Christmas tree:
  • Bring your tree to a tree chipping event
  • Put your tree out with your yard waste to be collected by the City
  • Drop your tree off at the landfill or transfer station

Bring your tree for chipping, donate to charity

Every year on the first weekend of January, 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.

Set out your tree with your Green Bin

If the City collects your food scraps and yard waste, you can set out your live, cut Christmas tree on collection day by January 31.

To get your tree ready for pick-up:

  • Remove all decorations and tinsel
  • Lay the tree on its side, 1 m away from your 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

Garbage and recycling schedules

Find your garbage and recycling collection schedule. Collection schedules show when garbage, recycling, food scraps, and yard waste are collected by the City.

Landfill and Transfer Station

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Last modified: Wed, 04 Dec 2013 17:29:23