Make it a green Christmas. Recycle your real tree.
By recycling your real Christmas tree, you will help keep nearly 40,000 trees out of the landfill and help our garbage collection crews stay on schedule during a busy time.
For tips on how to recycle other Christmas items such as wrapping paper or boxes, visit Christmas recycling.
When preparing your tree:
- Remove all ornaments, tinsel and the tree stand
- Do not bag or wrap your tree (including recycling tree bags)
Christmas tree pick-up
We will pick up Christmas trees from households with black cart garbage collection.
What to do:
Place your real tree on the ground near where you put your garbage for collection by 7 a.m. on Thursday, Jan. 9. Leave it out. It will be picked up within three weeks. Check the collection status for your community.
Christmas tree drop-off
We also have eight temporary drop-off locations, open from Dec. 26 to Jan. 31:
Can I put my tree in my blue, black cart or green cart?
Christmas trees are not recyclable through the Blue Cart program. Do not place your real (or artificial) tree in your blue cart. For more information on what is acceptable in your blue cart, please visit accepted Blue Cart recyclables.
If your tree is cut into small pieces and placed in your black cart with the lid completely closed, trees will be collected as garbage. Trees placed in black carts will not be recycled. For more information, please see our garbage collection page.
Communities in the Green Cart Food and Yard Waste pilot will be included in the Christmas Tree Recycling Program as usual. Christmas tree trunks do not compost well and should not be placed in your green cart. However, Christmas tree branches can be placed in your green cart, so long as the lid can close all the way.
What do you do with recycled trees?
Trees are recycled by chipping them into mulch, which is available to citizens for garden/yard use while quantities last.
You can get mulch at no charge from East Calgary Landfill. It's intended for residential use only and must be loaded by hand. Calgarians are welcome to take one or two truckloads.
Where can I use Christmas tree mulch?
The mulch created from Christmas trees can be used around evergreens, for yard and garden displays, and is helpful for water retention and weed control.
Please note: the mulch is acidic and may affect tender annuals. Consult your local greenhouse for more information.