If you have a live, cut Christmas tree that you will need to dispose of over the next week or so, there are several tree chipping and tree recycling options in Vancouver and surrounding cities for 2015.
Where to Recycle Your Christmas Tree
Green Bin Recycling
In Vancouver you can set out your tree with your green bin. If the City collects your food scraps and yard waste, you can set out your live, cut Christmas tree on collection day by January 31. Remove all decorations and tinsel, lay the tree on its side, 1m away from your garbage and green bins, and leave the tree loose (no bags, string, or rope). If your tree isn’t picked up on collection day, leave it out. The City uses different trucks to collect trees so crews may come later.
Christmas Tree Chipping: Vancouver
Bring your tree for chipping to the Lions Club Tree Chipping Event, and help the Lions Club with donations of cash and non-perishable food items for local charities. Stop by the following locations between 10:00am and 4:00pm on Saturday, January 3rd and Sunday, January 4th:
Kerrisdale Community Ice Rink parking lot (5670 E Blvd, north of 41st Ave); Kitsilano Beach parking lot (Cornwall Ave and Arbutus St); Sunset Beach upper parking lot (Beach Ave and Broughton St); Rona Home & Garden Grandview (2727 E 12th Ave overflow parking lot north of Grandview Hwy, south of 12th Ave).
Tree Chipping for Mount Pleasant Elementary School will take place on Sunday, January 4th only from 10:00am to 4:00pm at Kingsgate Mall (370 East Broadway) in the lower east side parking lot. The service is by donation with all proceeds donated to Mount Pleasant Elementary School’s new community playground.
Christmas Tree Chipping: Surrey
Surrey Fire Fighters will chip up your Christmas tree by donation with all proceeds going to the Surrey Fire Fighters Charitable Society. Bring your tree to Newton Athletic Park (7395 128 St) between 10:00am and 4:00pm on Saturday, January 3rd.
Christmas Tree Chipping: Burnaby
On Sunday, January 4th the Burnaby Firefighters Charitable Society will offer a full service Christmas Tree Chip from 10:00am to 4:00pm at Fire Station #1, 4867 Sperling Ave.
The Wildlife Rescue Association wants to repurpose your Christmas tree and not chip it. They will use Christmas trees to provide natural enclosures and perches for birds, and hiding places for mammals. All decorations and tinsel should be removed from the trees before delivery as they are a choking hazard. Trees can be dropped off outside the WRA Care Centre at 5216 Glencarin Drive, Burnaby.
Christmas Tree Chipping: New Westminster
The New Westminster Fire Fighters’ Charitable Society Tree Chipping events take place Saturday, January 3rd and Sunday, January 4th from 10:00am to 3:00pm in the Canada Games Pool parking lot (65 East Sixth Ave). There will a BBQ, popcorn, face painting and extinguisher demos. All proceeds go to the New Westminster Fire Fighters’ Charitable Society. The New Westminster Scouts will also be holding a bottle drive.
Christmas Tree Chipping: North Vancouver
The following listings are courtesy of North Shore Recycling:
The 6th St. Agnes Scouts host a tree chip-up by donation at Ray Perrault Park (formerly Boulevard Park) in the parking lot at the corner of 13th St and Moody Ave. Saturday, January 3rd and Sunday, January 4th from 10:00am to 3:00pm.
Blueridge Elementary (2650 Bronte Dr.) in partnership with Silverback Treeworks Ltd. hosts tree chipping on Saturday, January 3rd from 11:00am to 4:00pm.
The City of North Vancouver Firefighters event will be in the Rona Parking Lot, near Park & Tilford on Saturday, January 3rd from 8:30am to 4:30pm.
Island Pacific School will be at the Rona parking lot (915 West First St) on Saturday, January 3rd and Sunday, January 4th from 9:00am to 3:00pm. Cost: Chipping by a minimum donation of $15 with funds going towards IPS programming.
Larson Elementary School (2605 Larson Road) hosts a chip-up and bottle drive on Saturday, January 3rd from 10:00am to 4:00pm by donation, with proceeds going to the Grade 7 Year End Activity.
Montroyal Elementary School (5310 Sonora Dr.) also has a Grade 7 fundraiser with tree chipping by donation on Sunday, January 4th from 10:00am to 3:00pm.
The North Vancouver Lions Club – Lynn Valley will have their chip-up event at the Karen Magnussen Arena, Upper Parking Lot, on Sunday, January 4th from 10:00am to 4:00pm, by donation.
Seymour Scouts will be at Parkgate Village Shopping Mallon Sunday, January 4th from 9:00am to 3:30pm. By donation, with all proceeds benefiting various scout programs.
Upper Lonsdale Preschool will be at the DNV Municipal Hall parking lot (355 West Queens Road) on Saturday, January 3rd and Sunday, January 4th from 10:00am to 4:00pm.
Christmas Tree Chipping: West Vancouver
Tiddlycove Lions Club will be at 1310 Argyle, at the foot of 13th Street in the parking lot at Ambleside Park, just over the train tracks and left, from January 1st until Sunday, January 4th. Stop in with your tree to have it chipped between 12:00pm and 4:00pm on weekdays and 10:00am to 5:00pm on the weekend.
Island Pacific School (Thunderbird Marina, 5776 Marine Dr.) hosts a chipping, with a minimum donation of $15 with funds going towards IPS programming, on Saturday, January 3rd and Sunday, January 4th from 9:00am to 3:00pm.
North Shore Scouts will also be at Hollyburn Plaza (Marine and 18th) on Saturday, January 3rd and Sunday, January 4th from 10:00am to 4:00pm. By donation, with all proceeds benefiting various scout programs.