Christmas Tree Recycling in Vancouver

Comments 3 by Rebecca Bollwitt

Unfortunately since we’re not allowed to have live or cut trees in our place we’ll just be boxing up the tree again this year. However for those with real live or cut trees, you can dispose of them this weekend through a variety of chipping and recycling events.

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Each year the City of Vancouver along with volunteers from the Lions Clubs in Vancouver provide Christmas tree chipping and composting services by donation (either cash or non-perishable food items for local charities).

Here’s where you can find the stations this weekend:

  • Kerrisdale Community Ice Rink Parking Lot (East Boulevard north of 41st Avenue)
  • Kits Beach Parking Lot (Cornwall and Arbutus Street)
  • Sunset Beach Upper Parking Lot (Pacific Boulevard and Broughton Street)
  • Trout Lake Community Centre (Victoria Drive and 15th Avenue)
  • UBC Botanical Gardens is also hosting a tree chipping event from now until January 10th. They’re open daily from 9:30am until 4:30pm in the parking lot at 6804 South West Marine Dr. Suggested donations of $5 will support the development of a heritage food garden for SPG Childcare / Quilchena Elementary.

    Over on the North Shore there are a few locations as well:

  • Lynn Valley United Church (Mtn Hwy & LV Road) benefiting the 30th Seymour Scouts (Lynn Valley) – January 9th & 10th from 10:00am – 4:00pm
  • Ambleside Park, West Vancouver benefiting the Ambleside Tiddley Cove Lions Society – January 10th from 10:00am until 3:00pm.
  • Karen Magnussen Rec Centre or Edgemont Village Chevron Station benefiting the North Vancouver Host Lions – January 10th from 9:30am until 3:30pm.
  • If you can make it out to one of these event this weekend, that’s probably your best bet for safe removal. If not, the City suggests you can also take your tree to the transfer station or the landfill directly.

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    1. JenTuesday, January 5th, 2010 — 9:21pm PST

      You can also chop it up into small enough pieces to fit in your yard waste container 🙂

    2. GailSaturday, January 9th, 2010 — 11:39am PST

      From the City of Vancouver Engineering Dept webpage (note that is says NOT to put trees in your yard waste container):

      “If you receive City yard trimmings collection service, you may set out your live cut Christmas tree on your regular collection day. Christmas trees will be collected by City crews until January 29. Trees should be set out on their own 1 metre clear of your cart(s) and lay on their sides. Do not place the tree inside your cart. Do not bag or bundle the tree. Please remember to remove all decorations and tinsel.”

    3. GavinSunday, January 10th, 2010 — 1:28pm PST

      Thanks for the post. Very useful. Volunteers at 41st today were friendly and very helpful.

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