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Christmas tree composting program

Make it a green Christmas and compost your real tree

Help us keep trees out of the landfill by using your green cart or one of our many drop-off locations.

There are now two ways to compost your real tree:

1. Compost your real tree 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.

2. Drop-off locations

Take your tree one of the following temporary drop-off locations between December 26 and Jan 31:

First, remove all ornaments, lights, tinsel and tree stands. Do not wrap, tie or bag your tree.

  1. Bowness7937 43rd Ave N.W.
  2. Confederation Park – East parking lot at 905 30th Ave N.W.
  3. Prairie Winds Park – North Parking Lot 54 at 223 Castleridge Blvd N.E.
  4. Huntington Hills Athletic Park7920 4th St at Huntstrom Dr N.E.
  5. Bottomlands ParkSt. George's Dr and Seventh Ave N.E.
  6. Marda Loop Communities Association3130 16th St S.W.
  7. NEW: Haysboro - 8800 block of Elbow Dr S.W. (between Woodman Jr. High and St. Gerard's Church)
  8. NEW: Optimist Athletic Park - 26 Avenue and 51 Street S.W. (follow signs to the very end of 26th Avenue. Parking lot in far NE end of park past baseball and soccer fields.)
  9. NEW: Woodlands Park - Woodpark Blvd and 24th St S.W. (access via parking lot off of Woodpark Blvd.)
  10. Park 96 - 14660 Parkland Blvd S.E.
  11. Pop Davies/Ogden Athletic Park - Ogden Rd & Millican Rd S.E.
  12. IKEA - North West corner of parking lot behind store 8000 11th St S.E.
  13. Auburn Bay Off-Leash Area - 52nd St and Auburn Bay Dr S.E.
  14. A City Landfill (Free residential drop-off between Dec 26 and Jan 31)

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 we get any of the compost back?

  • There will be "Compost Give-Away" weekends in 2018 to provide free compost to residents. Details will be released in spring 2018.
  • Mulch is available for free to residents for gardening and landscaping at City landfills, while supplies last.

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 or it can be dropped off with your real tree at any of the drop-off locations. However, it needs to be stripped of all ornaments, bindings or wrappings.​​​​​​​​​​