Where to Recycle Your Christmas Tree in Metro Vancouver

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If you’re looking for where you where you can recycle your Christmas tree in Metro Vancouver, or for tree chip pickup or drop-off locations, here’s a big list of municipal and charitable options in Surrey, Langley, the Tri-Cities, the North Shore and more:

Christmas Tree Recycling

Please ensure trees are free of any stands, decorations, tinsel or flocking

Where to Recycle Your Christmas Tree in Metro Vancouver

Surrey

Surrey Fire Fighters Charitable Society Annual Surrey Tree Chip
Where: Guildford Town Centre (105 Ave & 150 St)
When: Saturday, January 6, 2024 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.

Langley

1st Walnut Grove Scouts
Where: Walnut Grove Secondary School (8919 Walnut Grove Drive)
When: Saturday, December 30 & Saturday, January 6, 2024 from 9:00am to 2:00pm
Details: Tree chipping by donation. Pick up services available for a minimum $10 donation per tree pick up in Walnut Grove.

D.W. Poppy Dry Grad
Where: D.W. Poppy Secondary School (23752 – 52 Avenue)
When: Saturday, January 6, 2024 from 10:00am to 2:00pm
Details: Tree chipping and bottle drive event. Donations can be made by e-transfer to [email protected] or cash. Trees can be dropped off from 8:00am to 1:00pm, or pick up can be arranged (possible Friday evening or early Saturday morning pick up).

1st Willoughby Scouts
Where: Richard Bulpitt Elementary School (20965 77A Ave)
When: Saturday, January 6, 2024 from 9:00am to 4:00pm
Details:  Tree chipping and bottle drive are available by drop off at Richard Bulpitt Elemntary, or by pick up. Cost is $20 minimum donation for each tree within the Willoughby area and $40 outside of the Willoughby area. Pick up arrangements can be made by calling 604-619-6504.

2nd Brookswood Scouts
Where: Brookswood Secondary School (20902 37A Ave)
When: Saturday, January 6, 2024 from 9:00am to 4:00pm
Details: Tree chipping offered by donation. Also accepting donations of beverage cans and bottles at the tree chipping site.

Kelly Hagen Personal Real Estate Corporation, Taryn Guiel Real Estate Team and Arbor Pro Tree Services Ltd.
Where: Walnut Grove Secondary School (8919 Walnut Grove Drive)
When: Sunday, January 7, 2024 from 10:00am to 12:00pm
Details: Tree chipping by donation. Funds raised will be donated to Walnut Grove Secondary.

You can also take your tree to a Recycling and Waste Facility for composting in the in the Township of Langley. A minimum $10 fee applies to organic waste. Find a Recycling and Waste Facility near you.

Tri-Cities

Port Moody Fire Rescue Drive Through Christmas Tree Chip
Where: Inlet Centre Fire Hall (150 Newport Drive, Port Moody)
When: Saturday, January 6 & Sunday, January 7, 2024 10:00am to 4:00pm
Details: Help firefighters raise money for the BC Professional Fire Fighters’ Burn Fund. Members of Port Moody Firefighters Local 2399 will be chipping trees by donation ($5 minimum) at this drive-through event. 

BONUS Centralized Recycling Day
Where:
 Recreation Complex parking lot (300 Ioco Road, Port Moody)
When: Saturday, January 6, 2024 from 10:00am to 3:00pm
Details:
 Recycle your wrap and more! 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 6, 2024 9:30am 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 6 & Sunday, January 7, 2024 10:00am 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 6 & Sunday, January 7, 2024 9:00am to 4:00pm
Details: Hosted by Kinsmen Club of Coquitlam.

Natural Christmas trees can also be placed in your Green Cart as long as they are free of all tinsel, decorations and flocking, and are cut in 1-metre lengths with branches a maximum 10 cm in diameter, and the Green Cart lid is completely closed. Whole or cut trees that are free of any stands, decorations, tinsel or flocking can also be dropped off at the United Boulevard Recycling and Waste Centre, 995 United Boulevard. This service is free for Coquitlam residents with proof of residency. 

Port Coquitlam
Where: #1 Fire Hall, 1725 Broadway St, Port Coquitlam
When: January 6 & January 7, 2024 9:00am to 4:00pm
Details: You can drop your tree off yourself, or complete request form to have your tree picked up from your home for chipping. Drop-off yourself: Minimum $10 donation; Arrange pick-up: Minimum $20 donation. Your donation will benefit the Port Coquitlam Fire Fighters Charitable Society.

Vancouver Christmas Tree Recycling

Christmas Tree Recycling at UBC Botanical Garden
Where: UBC Botanical Garden (6804 SW Marine Drive)
When: December 26, 2023 to January 8, 2024, 10:00am to 2:00pm
Details: In partnership with SPEC (Society Promoting Environmental Conservation), they will take your Christmas tree and recycle it for a suggested donation of $5. Your contribution directly supports students at Britannia Community Elementary School. Donations will contribute to the replacement of damaged garden beds, compost material and the creation of pollinator-friendly habitat.

Lion’s Club Tree Chipping
When: Saturday, January 6 & Sunday, January 7, 2024 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:

Households with City Green Bin service are eligible for curbside Christmas tree and extra leaf collection on designated weekends in January. Tree collection schedule:

  • North collection zones: January 13 and 14, 2024
  • South collection zones: January 20 and 21, 2024

Important note Check the collection schedule and enter your address to confirm your tree collection date.

How to set your tree out for pick-up:

  • Place the tree in the same location you set out your bins and make sure it’s visible from the lane or street
  • Lay the tree on its side
  • Leave the tree loose (no bags, string, or rope)

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.

You can also drop off your tree for free at the Vancouver South Transfer Station or Vancouver Landfill until January 31.

Burnaby

Residential tree collection takes place between January 8-26, 2024. To recycle your Christmas tree, leave it out by your regular pickup area anytime during these dates and we will pick up as soon as possible. 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).

Delta

North Delta Lions Club Tree Chip
Where: Ladner Memorial Park (5010 47 Ave) & Sungod Arena (7825 112 St)
When: Saturday, January 6 & Sunday, January 7, 2023 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
When:
 Saturday, January 6 & Sunday, January 7 from 10:00am to 3:00pm
Details:
 Join the New Westminster Firefighters Charitable Society for this event outside City Hall. Bring your Christmas tree for chipping with donation.

North Vancouver

Upper Lonsdale Preschool Tree Chip
Where: DNV East Parking Lot (355 W Queens Road)
When: January 6 & January 7, 2024 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.

North Shore Scouts Tree Chip-Up
Where: Chevron Gas Station in Edgemont Village
When: December 30-31 & January 1; January 6-7 from 9:30am to 4:30pm
Where: Grand Boulevard and 13th Street (Ray Perrault Park)
When: January 6-7, 2024 from 10:00am to 4:00pm

West Vancouver

North Shore Scouts Tree Chip-Up
Where: 699 Clyde Avenue (Corner of Taylor Way & Clyde Avenue)
When: December 30-31 & January 1; January 6-7 from 9:00am to 5:00pm
Details: Pick-up option available
Where: Marine Drive and 18th Street  (Hollyburn Plaza)
When: January 6-7 from 10:00am to 4:00pm

Maple Ridge

Ridge Meadows Search and Rescue Tree Chip
Where: RMSAR Headquarters (23598 Jim Robson Way)
When:
 January6-7 & January 13-14, 2024 9:00am to 4:00pm

Know of any more places where you can recycle your Christmas tree this season? Please leave a comment below and I’ll add it to the list!

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