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.