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Christmas tree recycling program

Important changes to this year's program.

Recycle your live Christmas Tree - drop it off at one of our Christmas Tree Drop-off Locations
Recycle your live Christmas Tree

This year The City's Christmas Tree Recycling program will be drop-off only. We will not be collecting trees door-to-door. Please recycle your real Christmas Trees by taking them to one of our 16 designated drop-off locations between December 26 and January 31.

Turn your real Christmas tree into useful mulch instead of garbage through The City's Christmas Tree Recycling program. By recycling trees into mulch, you can keep waste out our landfills and reduce harmful greenhouse gas emissions.

For tips on how to recycle other holiday items such as wrapping paper, boxes, packaging, and ribbons and bows, please visit our holiday recycling tips page.

Christmas tree recycling

When preparing your tree:

  • Remove all lights, ornaments, tinsel, string, garland and tree stands
  • Do not bag or wrap your tree (including recycling tree bags)

Drop-off locations

This year we have 16 Christmas tree drop-off locations, open Dec. 26, 2016 to Jan. 31, 2017.

Residents may drop off at all three landfill locations.

*Please note: Until Jan. 7, City landfills are open Monday to Saturday 7:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and closed on Sundays. As of Jan. 9, our landfill schedule is changing. Please check calgary.ca/landfill to confirm what days each site will be open.

In addition to the three City Landfills, there are 12 other drop-off locations available throughout the city:

  • Auburn Bay Dog Park - 252 Auburn Bay Drive S.E.
  • East Calgary Landfill* - 17 Avenue and 68 Street S.E.
  • Shepard Landfill* - 114 Avenue and 68 Street S.E.
  • Spyhill Landfill* - 69 Street and 112 Avenue N.W.
  • Bowness - 7937 43 Avenue N.W.
  • Confederation Park - 905 30 Ave N.W.
  • Prairie Winds Park - South Parking Lot, 54th Ave. & Castleridge Blvd. N.E
  • Huntington Hills Athletic Park - 7920 4st at Huntstrom Dr N.E.
  • Bottomlands Park - St. George's Drive and Seventh Avenue N.E.
  • Marda Loop Communities Association - 3130 16 Street S.W.
  • Parks Compound - 10312 Sacramento Drive S.W.
  • North Glenmore Park - 6615 37 St S.W.
  • Woodbine Athletic Park - 12625 24 St S.W.
  • Park 96 - 14660 Parkland Blvd S.E.
  • Pop Davies/Ogden Athletic Park - Ogden Rd & Millican Rd S.E.
  • IKEA - 8000 11 St. S.E.

Can I put my tree in my blue, black cart or green cart?

Blue 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.

Black Cart: 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 mulched, they will be disposed of in the landfill.

Green Cart (pilot communities): Christmas trees (trunks less than 6" in diameter) are accepted in the green cart. Please cut the tree into smaller pieces, place inside your green cart and ensure the lid can close all the way. Extra branches that don't fit inside the cart can be put in paper yard waste bags or bundled together (1.25 metre bundles) with natural fibre string.

What do you do with recycled trees?

Trees are recycled by chipping them into mulch, which is available for garden/yard use while quantities last. You can get mulch at no charge from the East Calgary Landfill. The mulch is intended for residential use only and must be loaded by hand. Calgarians are welcome to take one or two truckloads. Find more information about how mulch and other compost products are used.

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 such as plants and flowers. Consult your local greenhouse for more information.