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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:

  • 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 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:

Northwest communities

  • Bowness near the community recycling depot - 7937 43 Avenue N.W. (please note - this is NOT the bottle depot)
  • Confederation Park, East Parking Lot - 905 30 Avenue N.W. (please note - this is NOT the community association lot)

Northeast communities

  • Huntington Hills Athletic Park - 7920 4 Street at Huntstrom Drive N.E.
  • Prairie Winds Park, South Parking Lot - 54 Avenue & Castleridge Blvd. N.E
  • Bottomlands Park - St. George's Dr. & 7 Avenue N.E.

Southwest communities

  • Marda Loop Communities Association - 3130 16 Street S.W.
  • Parks Compound - 10312 Sacramento Drive S.W.
  • North Glenmore Park - 6615 37 Street S.W.
  • Woodbine Athletic Park - 96 Woodfield Drive S.W.

Southeast communities

  • Park 96 - 14660 Parkland Blvd. S.E.
  • Pop Davies/Ogden Athletic Park - Ogden Road & Millican Road S.E.
  • IKEA, Northwest corner of parking lot behind the store - 8000 11 Street S.E.
  • Auburn Bay Off Leash Area - 52 Street & Auburn Bay Drive S.E.

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.​