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What to do with your old Christmas tree

What to do with your old Christmas tree

Got a Christmas tree at home dropping needles and looking less than chipper? 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.

Lower Mainland tree chipping events January 2021

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.

Set out tree for curb side 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)

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.

Note: 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.

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

See Also

Image credit: Gord Goble, Vancouver Courier
  • 12th Annual tree chipping event at Kingsgate Mall, Vancouver. Drop off your live trees January 3 2021 from 10 am to 4 pm and make a donation to the Mount Pleasant Elementary School PAC. Funds raised will go to funding Mobile Makers Space, a collaborative space for making, learning, exploring, sharing to support STEM activities in the school.
  • TBD – UBC Botanical Garden, Vancouver 6804 South West Marine Dr. Dec 26, 2020 – Jan 10, 2021 10 am–2 pm By donation- $5 min suggested
  • Richmond Fire Department, Garry Point Park parking lot, corner of 7th Ave and Chatham Street Jan 2 & 3, 2021 9 am – 4 pm By donation – proceeds to Richmond Fire Fighters charities.
  • Surrey Firefighters: Jan. 2 from 8 . to 4 pm at Guildford Town Centre, 10355 152nd Street.
  • Canadian Cancer Society in Langley: Jan. 2 and 3 from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Willowbrook Mall, 19705 Fraser Hwy, Langley. COVID-19 protocols will be in place.
  • Surrey Central Lions Club: Jan. 3 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Surrey Central Mall, 10153 King George Blvd. COVID-19 protocols will be in place.
  • Port Moody Firefighters Drive thru! : Jan. 2 and 3 from 10 to 3 pm at the Inlet Centre Fire Hall.
  • Surrey’s Journey youth church group: drop off or pick-up in several parts of South Surrey of Jan. 1, 2, 3, 9 and 10. Pick-up is contactless.
  • North Shore Scouts: Jan 2 and 3 at several different locations in West Vancouver and North Vancouver.
  • Ambleside Tiddlycove Lions Club: Jan. 1, 2 and 3 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Ambleside Park parking lot in West Vancouver.
  • Delta Lions Club: Jan. 4 and 5 from 9 to 4 pm.at several locations in Delta

Curbside Christmas tree collection

January 9/10, 2021

Vancouver offers curbside pickup on the weekend of Jan. 9 & 10, 2021. Remove all the decorations and tinsel and set your tree on its side, one meter away from your carts. To ensure pickup, have it out by 7 am on Saturday. Don’t bag or bundle it. It’s just that easy.

If you miss that date, you can still 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.

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

Vancouver transfer station or the Delta landfill

If you miss curbside pickup or a chipping event, You can also take your tree for free to the Vancouver transfer station at 77 W. Kent Ave. N or the Vancouver Landfill, 5400 72nd Street, Delta until January 31, 2021 Don’t forget to remove all decorations and tinsel beforehand.

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