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Christmas tree composting program


Christmas tree drop-off locations are now closed.

Still have your tree? Compost it any time using your green cart.

After you have removed all lights, ornaments, tinsel and string, follow the same steps as you would for branches from your yard:

  • Cut your tree into small pieces to put into your green cart and make sure the lid can close.
  • If your green cart is full, tie extra branches (no more than four feet long) together with a natural fibre string or place them in paper yard waste bags.
  • Set tied branches or yard waste bags at least one foot from the side of your green cart.

Trees that are not prepared this way will not be collected.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why do I have to cut my tree up for Green Cart collection?

We require trees be cut up for composting because the pieces must be small enough to fit into your green cart. All of our collection trucks use the carts for automated collection, and we are unable to load materials manually. Even bagged or tied branches are placed into the green cart and then emptied into the truck.

What are the benefits of composting my Christmas tree?

Collected trees will be composted with the other food and yard waste collected through the Green Cart program. By composting your Christmas tree, you can keep waste out of our landfills and reduce harmful greenhouse gas emissions.

Can't I just put my tree in my black cart?

No. Food and yard waste must be put in your green cart. Black carts containing Christmas trees will not be collected.

Can I compost my evergreen wreath?

Yes, you can put your evergreen wreath in your green cart. However, it needs to be stripped of all ornaments, bindings or wrappings.​​​​​​​​​​