Important changes to this year's program.
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.
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)
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:
- 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.
*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 13 other drop-off locations available throughout the city:
What other ways I can dispose of my tree?
If your tree is cut into small pieces and placed in your black cart with the lid completely closed, it will be collected as garbage. Trees placed in black carts will not be mulched, they will be disposed of in the landfill. Do not leave your Christmas tree in the back alley as it will not be collected.
Can I put my tree in my 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.
Can I put my tree in my Green Cart (pilot communities only)?
If you have a green cart, Christmas trees (trunks less than 6" in diameter) are accepted. 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.