Christmas Tree Chipping & Recycling in Metro Vancouver

Comments 1 by Rebecca Bollwitt

With live Christmas tree lots selling out and many staying close to home this season, there will be a great demand for Christmas tree recycling in Metro Vancouver this year. You can drop off your live, cut trees at one of these Lower Mainland locations for chipping, or leave them out for curbside pickup.

Christmas Tree Chipping & Recycling in Metro Vancouver

Christmas Tree Recycling

Christmas Tree Recycling in Vancouver January 2022

Remember to remove all the tinsel and decorations from your tree.


Central City Tree Chip for Charity
Where: Central City Shopping Centre (10153 King George Blvd)
When: Sunday, January 8, 2022 from 9:00am to 4:00pm
Details: Hosted by the Surrey Central Lions Club. By Donation. Proceeds to the Surrey Food Bank. COVID protocols will be in place.

Surrey Fire Fighters’ Annual Tree Chip
Where: Guildford Town Centre (105 Ave & 150 St)
When: Saturday, January 8, 2022 from 8:00am to 4:00pm
Details:  Since 1994, Surrey Fire Fighters have been chipping trees and collecting donations benefiting the Surrey Fire Fighters Charitable Society for youth and family programs. Trees are accepted to be chipped with a small cash donation.


Township of Langley Christmas Tree Chipping
Where: Willowbrook Shopping Centre (19705 Fraser Hwy)
When: Saturday, January 8 & Sunday, January 9, 2022 9:00am to 4:00pm
Details: By Donation. Proceeds to benefit Canadian Cancer Society. COVID Protocols will be in place.

2nd Brookswood Eagles Scout Group Tree Chip
Where: Brookswood Secondary School (20902 – 37A Ave)
When: Sunday, January 2 & Sunday, January 8, 2022 from 9:00am to 3:30pm
Address: 20902 – 37A Avenue
Details: Tree chipping is by donation. The event will also be hosting a bottle drive and is in support of Scouts Canada Programs, such as camps, jamborees, training, or field trips, etc.

DW Poppy Secondary School Dry Grad Tree Chip
Where: DW Poppy Secondary (23752 – 52 Ave)
When: Sunday, January 2, 2022 from 10:00am to 3:00pm 
Details: Tree chipping is by donation and is in support of a DW Poppy Dry Grad event. Pick-up services are available with a minimum donation of $20 (no minimum donation for drop-off). To arrange tree pick-up, contact dwpoppydrygrad(at)gmail(dot)com.

Chipping Away at a Cure
When: Saturday, January 8, 2022 from 6:00am to 2:00pm
Where: Pick-up only from your house in Langley
Details: Tree chipping is by donation and is in support of the Canadian Cancer Foundation. Go online here to schedule a tree pick-up.


Port Moody Fire Rescue Drive Through Christmas Tree Chip
Where: Inlet Centre Fire Hall (150 Newport Drive, Port Moody)
When: Saturday, January 1 & Sunday, January 2, 2022 10:00am to 4:00pm
Details: Help local firefighters raise money for the BC Professional Fire Fighters’ Burn Fund. Members of Port Moody Firefighters Local 2399 are chipping trees—with all tinsel and decorations removed of course. Can’t bring your tree to the event? Email burnfund2399(at)gmail(dot)com to inquire about tree pick-up.

BONUS Centralized Recycling Day
Recreation Complex parking lot (300 Ioco Road, Port Moody)
When: Saturday, January 8, 2022 from 10:00am to 3:00pm
Recycle your wrap (and more) at the Centralized Recycling Day. Port Moody residents can drop off paper gift wrap and boxes, Styrofoam and packaging, and plastic film. Please note that Styrofoam and plastic film must be bagged separately. Ribbons, bows, foil gift wrap, regular household garbage, and glass will not be accepted.

Scouts francophone de Maillardville
Where: Canadian Tire Parking Lot (1200 Seguin Drive, Coquitlam)
When: Saturday, January 8, 2022 9:00am to 3:00pm
Details: Hosted by Scouts francophones de Maillardville.

Friends of Mundy Park
Where: Mundy Park – Spani Pool Parking Lot (655 Hillcrest St, Coquitlam)
When: Saturday, January 8 & Sunday, January 9, 2022 9:00am to 3:00pm
Details: Hosted by Friends of Mundy Park Heritage Society.

Kinsmen Club of Coquitlam
Where: Town Centre Park, Parking Lot A (Coquitlam)
When: Saturday, January 8 & Sunday, January 9, 2022 9:00am to 4:00pm
Details: Hosted by Kinsmen Club of Coquitlam.

Port Coquitlam
Where: #1 Fire Hall, 1725 Broadway St, Port Coquitlam
When: January 8 & January 9, 2022 9:00am to 4:00pm
Details: $5 minimum donation to benefit the Port Coquitlam Fire Fighters Charitable Society. Firefighters donate their time for this event and all wood chips created are used in city parks and trails. You can also sign up for pick-up by filling out an online form. The firefighters will come pick up your tree with a minimum $10 donation. Application deadline is January 5th – any requests made after that date may not be able to be accommodated.


Mount Pleasant Tree Chip
Where: Kingsgate Mall Upper East Side Parking Lot (370 East Broadway).
When: Sunday, January 9 2022 from 10:00am to 4:00pm
Details: Bring your tree and a donation, and enjoy complimentary hot chocolate and cookies. Proceeds support Mount Pleasant Elementary School PAC efforts.

Christmas Tree Recycling at UBC Botanical Garden
Where: UBC Botanical Garden (6804 SW Marine Drive)
When: December 26, 2021 to January 9, 2022, 10:00am to 2:00pm
Details:  A suggested minimum donation of $5 is appreciated. Proceeds directly support Thunderbird Elementary, a school located in East Vancouver with a high percentage of vulnerable students and families. Garden lessons, provided by SPEC (Society Promoting Environmental Conservation), give students the opportunity to observe, learn and connect to their natural world through engaging hands-on activities in their school garden. This tree chipping fundraiser will help fund the fixing of the broken garden boxes at Thunderbird Elementary.

Lion’s Club Tree Chipping
When: Saturday, January 8 & Sunday, January 9, 2022 from 10:00am to 4:00pm
Details: Bring your Christmas trees to one of four Lions Club Chipping Events (King George Secondary School parking lot; Kitsilano Beach parking lot; Kerrisdale Ice Arena parking lot; Trout Lake Community Centre parking lot) for chipping and composting. Donations of cash and non-perishable food items are welcome and will be distributed to local charities.

Other options in the City of Vancouver include:

Curbside Collection: Homes with weekly City Green Bin service are eligible for curbside Christmas tree and extra leaf collection during the weekend of January 15 and 16, 2022. To ensure you aren’t missed, set your tree and leaves out before 7am on Saturday, January 15, 2022.

How to set your tree out for pick-up:

  • 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)

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.

Landfill Drop Off: Drop off your tree for free at the Vancouver South Transfer Station or Vancouver Landfill until January 31, 2022. Remove all lights and decorations beforehand.


Curbside Tree Collection: Residential tree collection takes place between January 4-21, 2022. If you receive weekly City collection services, you’re eligible for the curbside pickup service. 

  • Only natural trees can be recycled–artificial trees or those covered in snow foam cannot.
  • It must be free of any ornaments, tinsel or lights.
  • It goes out next to your green bin–or chopped up and placed into the green bin with a closed lid.  

Christmas Tree Drop Off: Burnaby’s Eco-Centre (4855 Still Creek Drive) also accepts Christmas trees free of charge from Burnaby residents (proof of residency required).


North Delta Lions Club Tree Chip
Where: Ladner Memorial Park (5010 47 Ave) & Sungod Arena (7825 112 St)
When: Saturday, January 8 & Sunday, January 9, 2022 9:00am to 4:00pm
Details: Your donations through tree chipping keep the North Delta Lions Club up and running to provide services to North Delta and Ladner. They provide equipment for the Hillside Boys and Girls Club yearly using your donations as well as many bursaries.

New Westminster

New Westminster Firefighters Christmas Tree Chipping
Where: City Hall, 511 Royal Avenue
 Saturday, January 2, 2022 9:00am to 4:00pm
 Join the New Westminster Firefighters Charitable Society for this event at City Hall. Christmas tree chipping is by donation and three delicious food trucks will also be on site.

North Vancouver

Upper Lonsdale Preschool Tree Chip
Where: DNV East Parking Lot (355 W Queens Road)
When: Sunday, January 2 & Monday, January 3, 2022 10:00am to 4:00pm
Details: Bring your Christmas tree for chipping (by cash donation). You can also have your tree picked up, for a minimum $30 donation.

Maple Ridge

Ridge Meadows Search and Rescue Tree Chip
Where: RMSAR Headquarters (23598 Jim Robson Way)
 January 1-2 & January 8-9, 2022 9:00am to 4:00pm

Know of any more? Please leave a comment below and I’ll add it to the list!

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  1. JasonSunday, January 2nd, 2022 — 1:56pm PST

    There’s 3 additional North Shore locations and times listed here:

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