Recycle your Christmas tree

Recycling your Christmas tree

City-wide tree collection collection is delayed as a result of staffing shortages due to COVID-19

January 28, 2022: Crews will be working over the next few weeks to collect all remaining Christmas trees. If your Christmas tree has not yet been collected, you can: 

  • Leave it in your regular collection area
  • Drop it off for free to the Vancouver Transfer Station (377 West Kent Ave North) until March 1 
  • Cut it into small pieces and place in green bin

We apologize for this inconvenience and appreciate your ongoing patience as our crews do their best to maintain services and safely collect Vancouver’s waste during these challenging times.

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

Important reminders:

  • Prepare your tree for recycling: remove all lights, decorations, and tinsel beforehand.
  • Artificial trees or trees sprayed with artificial snow or foam are not accepted.

Lion's Club tree chipping events January 8 and 9

Bring your Christmas trees to one of four Lions Club Chipping Events for chipping and composting. Donations of cash and non-perishable food items are welcome and will be distributed to local charities.


  • Saturday, January 8, 2022, 10am to 4pm
  • Sunday, January 9, 2022, 10am to 4pm


  • King George Secondary School parking lot
  • Kitsilano Beach parking lot
  • Kerrisdale Ice Arena parking lot
  • Trout Lake Community Centre parking lot

Curbside tree and extra leaf collection: January 22 and 23

Homes with weekly City Green Bin service are eligible for curbside Christmas tree and extra leaf collection during the weekend of January 22 and 23, 2022. To ensure you aren’t missed, set your tree and leaves out before 7am on Saturday, January 22, 2022.

How to set your tree out for pick-up:

  • 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)

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.

Tree recycling at the Transfer Station or Landfill

Drop off your tree for free at the Vancouver South Transfer Station or Vancouver Landfill until March 1, 2022.

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. ​​​

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.