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What to do in Vancouver with your old Christmas tree

Got a Christmas tree at home dropping needles and looking less than chipper?  Well this is the weekend to head to a local tree chipping event. Chipping events not only save trees from the landfill, they also raise money for charity. They are a great way to keep that holiday spirit going even after the tree comes down.

No matter how you compost your tree, be sure to remove the decorations and tinsel. Also be sure to bring a donation of cash or a non-perishable food item (or three). Here are some Vancouver chipping events as as well as curbside tree pickup information.

Vancouver tree chipping events

Image credit: Gord Goble, Vancouver Courier

Every year City of Vancouver staff and volunteers from the Lions Club team up to chip and compost trees. They collect cash and non-perishable food donations to be distributed to local charities.

  • Jan. 7: Lions Club. Kerrisdale Community Ice Rink parking lot, 5670 E. Blvd., north of 41st Ave 10 am to 5 pm
  • Jan. 7: Lions Club. Kitsilano Beach parking lot, Cornwall Ave. and Arbutus St. 10 am to 5 pm
  • Jan. 7: Lions Club. Sunset Beach upper parking lot, Beach Ave. and Broughton St. 10 a. to 5 pm
  • Jan. 7: Lions Club. Trout Lake Community Centre parking lot, 3360 Victoria Dr., south of E. 12th Ave 10 am to 5 pm
  • Until Jan. 8: UBC Botanical Garden. 9:30 am.-4:30 pm
  • Jan 7: Mount Pleasant BIA. Tree Chipping for the Kids. Kingsgate Mall, 370 E. Broadway, Upper East Parking Lot. 10 am to 4 pm
  • Jan 13: Little Mountain Neighbourhood House. Riley Park 50 E. 30th Ave. 10 an to 2 pm.

Curbside Christmas tree collection

January 13, 14, 2018

If taking your tree in for chipping feels like way too much work after a busy holiday season, Vancouver offers curbside pickup on the weekend of Jan. 13 and 14.  Remove all the decorations and tinsel and set your tree on its side, one meter away from your carts. Don’t bag or bundle it. It’s just that easy.

Vancouver transfer station

If you miss curbside pickup or a chipping event, You can also take your tree to the Vancouver transfer station at 77 W. Kent Ave. N.

Outside of Vancouver

Most of the suburbs are now onboard with chipping events. Check your local municipal website for the scoop on local tree chipping events and recycling. Or, check out the Recycling Council of BC’s complete list of Christmas tree chipping events in Metro Vancouver, as well as instructions for curbside recycling where available. It’s like a one-stop-shop for getting your tree out of your living room the green way. Now if only someone would take down those pesky decorations!

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