What to do with your tree after Christmas?

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Did you buy a real Christmas tree for Christmas this year? Those who still have it up for some extra festive cheer should know that dry trees is actually a common cause for holiday fires. If you want to keep your tree up still, please keep the tree well-watered, avoid overloading outlets and turn lights off when you’re not home.

But if you want to discard your tree, there are a few simple ways to do so. You can either cut up your tree and put it into your green cart, or drop off the tree at a city approved location (Only from December 26 – January 31).

1 – Cut up tree and place in your green cart

If you choose to discard your tree by cutting it up and placing it in your green cart, please remember to:

  • Remove all lights, ornaments, tinsel and tree stand
  • Cut your tree into small pieces
  • Place in your green cart (make sure lid can close)
  • If your green cart is full:
    • Put in paper yard waste bags and roll tops closed
    • Set bags 0.5m (2 ft) one foot from side of your cart

Please note: Trees that are not prepared properly will not be collected. Black carts containing Christmas trees will not be collected.

2 – Christmas tree drop-off locations

Open Dec. 26 to Jan. 31

If you choose to drop off your tree at a temporary and free drop off location, here are a few things to remember:

  • Remove all ornaments, lights, garland, tinsel and tree stands
  • Do not wrap, tie or bag your tree, even if the bag is labelled as compostable or biodegradable.

Please note that this is for residential use only.

For more information, please visit https://www.calgary.ca/uep/wrs/recycling-information/residential-services/organics-recycling/christmas-tree-recycling-program.html?redirect=/christmastree