Where to recycle your Christmas tree in Metro Vancouver

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The saddest time of the year to be a Christmas tree is when New Year’s is over and it’s time to chip up the holiday centre-piece.

Image: Friends / NBC Universal

Image: Friends / NBC Universal

Luckily, for the hearts and souls of trees galore, Metro Vancouver makes it quick and painless to dismember that precious pine. Whether it be Blue Spruce, Douglas Fir, a Noble, or the wondrous Fraser Fir, no one can commit Christmas tree-son and let their tree go cold and rotten in the backyard with the myriad of places to bid it a grand fare-thee-well.

If you’re stumped as to where to go, head to these locations during the month of January to drop off your tree and support numerous community charities – or should we say, “chari-trees”!

You didn’t laugh? Yeah, neither did we.

Tree Chipping and Drop-Off

City of Vancouver

Kerrisdale Community Ice Rink parking lot

  • Where: 5670 East Boulevard, Vancouver
  • When: Saturday, January 9 to Sunday, January 10; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Info: By donation of cash or non-perishable food items

Kitsilano Beach parking lot

  • Where: Cornwall Avenue and Arbutus Street, Vancouver
  • When: Saturday, January 9 to Sunday, January 10; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Info: By donation of cash or non-perishable food items

Sunset Beach upper parking lot

  • Where: Beach Avenue and Broughton Street, Vancouver
  • When: Saturday, January 9 to Sunday, January 10; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Info: By donation of cash or non-perishable food items

Rona Home & Garden, Grandview store

  • Where: 2727 East 12th Street, Vancouver
  • When: Saturday, January 9 to Sunday, January 10; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Info: By donation of cash or non-perishable food items

Vancouver South Transfer Station

  • Where: 377 West Kent Ave North, Vancouver
  • When: Until January 31; Mondays to Fridays; 5:30 a.m. to 7 p.m., Saturdays and Sundays; 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Info: Free drop-off for residents of Vancouver

UBC Botanical Garden

  • Where: 6804 South West Marine Drive, Vancouver
  • When: Until January 5; 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • Info: By donation

Burnaby

Burnaby Yard Waste Depot

  • Where: 4800 Still Creek Avenue, Burnaby
  • When: Mondays to Sundays; 8 a.m. to 3:45 p.m.
  • Info: Free drop-off for Burnaby residents

Coquitlam

Kinsmen Club Chipping Event

  • Where: Dogwood Pavillion parking lot on Poirer Street
  • When: Sunday, January 3; 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Info: By donation to Centennial Music Department

Kinsmen Club Chipping Event

  • Where: Coquitlam Town Centre Park Parking Lot ‘B’
  • When: Saturday, January 2 to Sunday, January 3; 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Info: By donation to local community groups

Friends of Mundy Park Chipping Event

  • Where: Mundy Park Gravel Lot (Off of Hillcrest Avenue)
  • When: Saturday, January 9 to Sunday, January 10; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Info: By donation

Scouts Francophones Chipping Event

  • Where: Canadian Tire – 1200 Seguin Drive, Coquitlam
  • When: Saturday, January 2; 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Info: By donation to Scouts

Wastech Wood Site

  • Where: 995 United Boulevard, Coquitlam
  • When: Mondays to Sundays; 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Info: Free drop-off for residents of Coquitlam

Delta

Lions Clubs of Delta Chipping Events

  • Where: Sungod Arena Parking Lot – 7815 112 Street, Delta
  • When: Saturday, January 2 to Sunday, January 3; 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • Info: By donation to local Lions Club

Tsawwassen Lions Club

  • Where: South Delta Recreation Center – 1720 56 Street, Delta
  • When: Saturday, January 9 to Sunday, January 10; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Info: By donation to local Lions Club

Ladner Lions Club

  • Where: Memorial Park – 5010 47th Avenue, Ladner
  • When: Saturday, January 9 to Sunday, January 10; 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Info: By donation to local Lions Club

Enviro-Smart Organics

  • Where: 4295 72nd Street, Delta
  • When: Mondays to Fridays; 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • Info: Free to drop-off

Langley

Willoughby Scouts Chipping Event

  • Where: Willoughby Elementary – 20766 80 Avenue, Langley
  • When: Saturday January 2 and 9; 9 a.m to 4 p.m.
  • Info: By donation

1st Walnut Grove Scout Group Chipping Event

  • Where: Walnut Grove Secondary School parking lot
  • When: Saturday January 2 and 9; 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • Info: By donation

Aldergrove Scout Group Chipping Event

  • Where: Aldergrove Legion – 26607 Fraser Highway, Aldergrove
  • When: Saturday January 2 and 9; 9 a.m to 2 p.m.
  • Info: By donation, $5 minimum

10th Langley Panthers Chipping Event

  • Where: Safeway at Fraser Highway and Langley Bypass
  • When: Saturday, January 2 to Sunday, January 3; 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Info: By donation

Fields Tree Service

  • Where: Derek Doubleday Arboretum – 21200 block of Fraser Highway
  • When: Saturday, January 9 to Sunday, January 10; 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Info: By donation to BC Cancer Foundation

Langley United U12 Bolton Girls Soccer Team

  • Where: George Preston Rec Centre Parking Lot – 20699 42nd Avenue, Langley
  • When: Sunday, January 3 and Monday, January 4; 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Info: By donation

2nd Langley Mavericks

  • Where: Buckley Park – 19680 48 Avenue, Langley
  • When: Saturday, January 2; 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Info: By donation

Langley Secondary School

  • Where: 21405 56 Avenue, Langley
  • When: Sunday, January 3; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Info: By donation to LSS Dry Grad 2016

Langley Transfer Station

  • Where: 1070 272 Avenue, Langley
  • When: Mondays to Sundays; 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Info: Yard waste tipping fees apply

Brian Thornburn and Ride2Survive

  • Where: Willowbrook mall parking lot
  • When: Saturday, January 2 to Sunday, January 3; 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Info: By donation

Maple Ridge

Ridge Meadows Search & Rescue Tree Chipping

  • Where: Search and Rescue Building – 23598 105 Avenue, Maple Ridge
  • When: Saturday, January 2 to Sunday, January 3 and January 9 to January 10; 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Info: By donation to Ridge Meadows Search and Rescue and First Hane Rovers

Maple Ridge Transfer Station

  • Where: 10092 236th Street, Maple Ridge
  • When: Tuesdays and Wednesdays; 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., Thursdays to Mondays; 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Info: Yard waste tipping fees apply. Minimum $6

New Westminster

City of New Westminster Recycling Depot

  • Where: 69 East 6th Avenue, New Westminster
  • When: Wednesdays to Sundays; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Info: Free drop-off for New Westminster residents

New West Firefighters Tree Chipping Event

  • Where: Canada Games Pool Parking Lot – 6th Avenue and McBride
  • When: Saturday, January 9 to Sunday, January 10; 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Info: By donation

North Vancouver

Montroyal Elementary Christmas Tree Chipping

  • Where: 5310 Sonora Drive, North Vancouver
  • When: Sunday, January 3; 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Info: By donation

Upper Lonsdale Preschool Tree Chip

  • Where: District Hall parking lot – 355 W. Queens Road, North Vancouver
  • When: Saturday, January 9 to Sunday, January 10; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Info: By donation

North Vancouver Transfer Station

  • Where: 30 Riverside Drive, North Vancouver
  • When: Mondays to Fridays; 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturdays and Sundays; 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Info: Yard waste tipping fees apply

Pitt Meadows

Meadows Landscape Supply

  • Where: 18020 Kennedy Road, Pitt Meadows
  • When: Saturday, January 9 to Sunday, January 10; 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Info: By donation to Lions Club and Girl Guides

Port Coquitlam

Port Coquitlam Fire Fighters Chipping Event

  • Where: 1725 Broadway Street, Port Coquitlam
  • When: Sunday, January 3 to Monday, January 4; 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Info: By donation, minimum $5 to BC Professional Fire Fighters Burn Fund

Art Knapp Plantland & Florist

  • Where: 1300 Dominion Avenue, Port Coquitlam
  • When: Saturday, January 3 to 25; 10 a.m to 4 p.m.
  • Info: By donation, minimum $5 to Juvenile Diabetes Research

Port Moody

Port Moody Firefighters Chipping Event

  • Where: Inlet Centre Fire Hall – 150 Newport Drive
  • When: Saturday, January 2 to Sunday, January 3; 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Info: By donation, minimum $5 to BC Professional Fire Fighters Burn Fund

Richmond

City of Richmond Recycling Depot

  • Where: 5555 Lynas Lane, Richmond
  • When: Wednesdays to Sundays; 9 a.m. to 6:15 p.m. (closed January 1)
  • Info: Free drop-off for residents of Richmond

Richmond Fire Department

  • Where: Garry Point Park — corner of 7th Avenue and Chatham
  • When: Saturday, January 2 to Sunday, January 3; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Info: By donation to Richmond Fire Fighters Charitable Society

Ecowaste Industries

  • Where: 15111 Williams Road, Richmond
  • When: Mondays to Fridays; 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturdays and Sundays; 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Info: Free drop-off for residents of Richmond

Surrey

Surrey Transfer Station

  • Where: 9770 192nd Street, Surrey
  • When: Mondays to Fridays; 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturdays and Sundays; 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Info: Yard waste tipping fees apply

City of Surrey Annual Tree Chipping Service

  • Where: Newton Athletic Park – 7395 128th Street, Surrey
  • When: Saturday, January 2; 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Info: By donation to Fire Fighters Charitable Society

Surrey United Soccer Association

  • Where: Cloverdale Athletic Park
  • When: Saturday, January 2; 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Info: By donation

West Vancouver

Ambleside Tiddly Cove Lions Club Chip Up

  • Where: Entrance to Ambleside Park
  • When: Friday, January 1 to 3 and January 8 to 10; 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Info: By donation

Scouts Christmas Tree Chip Up

  • Where: Hollyburn Plaza at Marine Drive and 18th Street
  • When: Saturday, January 2 to Sunday, January 3; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Info: By donation

White Rock

City of White Rock Fire Dept. Tree Chipping

  • Where: Centennial Park Arena – 14600 North Bluff Road, White Rock
  • When: Sunday, January 3; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Info: By donation

Tree Pick-Up

If your municipality collects your food scraps and yard waste, you can set out your live, cut Christmas tree for collection.

City of Vancouver: Set out by 7 a.m., Saturday, January 16

Burnaby: Set out by 7 a.m., January 4 to 8 (multi-family homes), January 11 (single-family homes north of Highway 1), January 18 (single-family homes south of Highway 1)

Coquitlam: Place tree at curb by 7 a.m. Tree must be cut in 1 metre lengths

Delta: Place tree at curb on regular collection day. Tree must be cut in half

City of Langley: Place tree at curb by 7 a.m. on regular collection day. Tree must be cut in half then bundled to half metre wide

Township of Langley: Place tree at curb by 7 a.m. on regular collection day. Tree must be cut in half then bundled to half metre wide

City of North Vancouver: Place tree at curb on regular collection day. Tree must be cut to 3 foot lengths or bundles and put into yard trimmings can

District of North Vancouver: Place tree at curb on regular collection day. Tree must be cut to 3 foot lengths or bundles and put into yard trimmings can

Richmond: Place tree at curb on regular collection day. Tree must be cut to 3 feet by 2 feet lengths or bundles and put into yard trimmings can

Surrey: Place tree at curb on regular collection day. Tree must be cut to 3 foot lengths or bundles and put into yard trimmings can

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