Recycle your Christmas tree

Recycling your Christmas tree

COVID-19 update: tree chipping events cancelled

December 10, 2020: Due to COVID-19 and to comply with Provincial Health Officer orders, the Lion's Club tree chipping events scheduled for January 2 and 3, 2021 are cancelled.

See other options below for recycling your Christmas tree this year.

Final leaf collection weekend

January 9 and 10 is also the last leaf collection weekend of the season. Leaves must be set out in paper yard waste bags or in store-bought bins (maximum 100 L) by 7am on January 9.

Collected leaves and Christmas trees are taken to the Vancouver Landfill where they are turned into nutrient-rich compost. This compost can be purchased by residential gardeners, commercial landscapers and municipal park boards.

Set out tree for curbside collection Jan 9 and 10

Properties that receive weekly City Green Bin service are eligible for curbside Christmas tree collection during the weekend of January 9 and 10, 2021. To ensure pickup, set your tree out before 7am on Saturday, January 9.

To get your tree ready for curbside pick-up:

  • Remove all lights, decorations, and tinsel
  • Lay the tree on its side 
  • Place it in the same location you set out your bins and be sure the tree is easily visible from the lane or street
  • Leave the tree loose (no bags, string, or rope)

Artificial trees or trees sprayed with snow will not be collected.

Drop tree off for free at Transfer Station or Landfill

Drop off your tree for free at the Vancouver South Transfer Station or Vancouver Landfill until January 31, 2021. Remove all lights and decorations beforehand.

For directions and operating hours go to landfill or transfer station.

The Vancouver Landfill and Vancouver South Transfer Station are closed on Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. ​​​​​​​​​​​

Cut tree into small pieces and place in green bin

You can cut up your Christmas tree into small pieces and place in your green bin for regular pickup.

Pieces should be less than 50 cm in length (18 in) and less than 10 cm (4 in) in diameter. Be sure the green bin is loosely packed and the lid closes completely.

Trees with flocking, tinsel, decorations, or sprayed with foam are not accepted in the Green Bin program.​​​​​

Collection services and drop off locations

Get your collection schedule

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

Vancouver South Transfer Station

Your destination for disposing of oversized items, yard and garden waste and clean wood.

Vancouver Landfill and Recycling Depot

A waste disposal facility and recycling depot all in one. Find out more about our landfill in Delta.