Metro Vancouver Christmas Tree Chipping and Disposal Events

Posted on: December 29th, 2014 by Ashton Service Group

If you are keeping your Christmas tree up after the holidays remember to check every day that your real tree is not drying out and becoming a fire hazard. Also, make sure there is water in the tree stand.

Always unplug your tree and other indoor lights when you are leaving home or are going to sleep.

Take cut trees for recycling as soon as possible after Christmas. Dried-out trees are highly flammable and should not be left inside the house, garage or placed against the house.

People in Metro Vancouver have three options for recycling your live, cut Christmas tree:

1. Leave your tree out with your yard waste to be collected by the City.

Set out your tree with your Green Bin by January 31.

a) Remove all decorations and tinsel

b) Lay the tree on its side, 1m away from your garbage and green bins

c) Leave the tree loose (no bags, string, or rope).

If your tree isn’t picked up on collection day, leave it out. We use different trucks to collect trees so our crews may come by later to pick it up.

2. Drop your tree off at the landfill or transfer station for free until January 31st.

3. Bring your tree to a tree chipping event. Lions Club volunteers and City department firefighters will be holding tree chipping events across Metro Vancouver in the New Year.

When you are disposing of your tree, please make sure to remove all decorations and tinsel. If you have sprayed artificial snow on the tree it is not possible to get the tree chipped.

Christmas Tree Chipping Events Around Town

Richmond Firefighters Association’s Charity Chipping Event
Date: Saturday, January 3 and Sunday, January 4, 2015       Time: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Locations:  Garry Point Park (Corner of Moncton Street & 7th Ave) or South Arm Community Centre (8880 Williams Road)

Annual Tree Chip by Surrey Fire Fighters Association Local 1271 

Date: Saturday, January 3, 2015      Time: 10am to 4pm

Location: Newton Athletic Park, 128th Street and 74th Avenue

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Vancouver Lions Club Tree Chipping Event

Every year on the first weekend of January, City staff and Lions Club volunteers provide Christmas tree chipping events. After the trees are chipped, they are taken to the Vancouver Landfill to be composted. Your cash and non-perishable food donations collected at the events will be distributed to local charities.

Date: January 3rd and 4th, 2015       Time:10:00am to 4:00pm

At one of these locations: Kerrisdale Community Ice Rink parking lot, Kitsilano Beach parking lot, Sunset Beach upper parking lot or Rona Home & Garden Grandview store location on East 12th Avenue.

6th Annual Tree Chipping for Kids Event in East Vancouver

Date: Sunday, January 4th 2015      Time: 10:00 am – 4:00pm
Location: Kingsgate Mall (370 East Broadway, lower east side parking lot)
Support local community and recycle your Christmas tree through the Mount Pleasant BIA. All trees chipped/recycled by donation and ALL proceeds support the Mount Pleasant Elementary School’s (MPES) fundraiser to complete their NEW community playground.
FREE cookies and hot chocolate will be served all event-long to those who donate!

Delta Lions Club Tree Chipping Event By Donation

Date: Saturday, January 3, 2015 – Sunday, January 4, 2015
Time: 9:30 am–4:30 pm
Location: Sungod Recreation Centre parking lot (7825 112 Street, North Delta)

Dates: Saturday, January 10 & Sunday, January 11, 2015
Locations: South Delta Recreation Centre parking lot (1720 56 Street, Tsawwassen) from 9 am–5 pm
Memorial Park (5010 47 Avenue, Ladner) from 9 am–4 pm.


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