Tree chipping event cancelled

Recycling your Christmas tree this season

December 23 2020 –

To reduce social gatherings and minimize the risk of COVID-19 to the community, Lions Club Christmas tree chipping events will not be held this season; however, several safe and convenient tree recycling options will still be available to residents in early January.  

Collected trees are turned into nutrient-rich compost at the Vancouver Landfill. The compost is then sold to residential gardeners, commercial landscapers and to municipal parks departments. 

2021 Christmas tree recycling options 

Curbside Residential Collection – January 9/10

Live, cut Christmas trees will be collected from homes with City Green Bin service on Saturday, January 9 and Sunday, January 10. Residents should set out their tree before 7 am on Saturday, January 9. 

How to prepare trees for pickup:

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

Reminder: January 9 and 10 is also the last leaf collection weekend of the season. Residents with extra leaves can set them out in paper bags or in store-bought bins by 7am on Saturday, January 9. For more information, visit

Free drop-off at Vancouver South Transfer Station or Landfill – until January 31

Live, cut Christmas trees can be dropped off for free until January 31.  All lights and decorations should be removed before recycling the tree.  

Free drop-off locations:  

  • Vancouver South Transfer Station, 377 West Kent Avenue North 
  • Vancouver Landfill, 5400 72nd Street in Delta

Small cut pieces accepted with regular Green Bin collection 

Residents can cut their Christmas tree into small pieces that fit easily into the Green Bin. Pieces should be less than 10 cm in diameter and 50 cm long and the lid of the Green Bin must close completely. 

For residents who wish to donate money or non-perishable food items please contact the Lions Club or local food bank. 

For more information on recycling live, cut Christmas trees, visit