When is the program?
Collection this year will be Saturday, January 14, 2017
Do you have a youth group that is interested in this program as a fundraiser? Click here!
The Christmas Tree Recycling Program runs annually in January. For the past 20 years the City of Lethbridge and local youth groups have partnered to ensure that Christmas trees continue to give after the Holiday Season. Over 1.5 million kilograms or approximately 75,000 Christmas trees have been diverted from the landfill since the program began.
Thanks to the Val Matteotti Bantam AAA Golden Hawks and the Gilbert Paterson Middle School Voyageur Quebec group for their help collecting trees in 2016!
How should my Christmas tree be placed for collection?
Place your tree at your regular garbage collection location (front or alley) but away from your waste collection cart. Please ensure that all decorations, tinsel and lights are removed from your tree.
**Please note: Your Christmas tree may be collected over a couple days.**
What are some common reasons Christmas Trees are not picked-up?
- Incorrectly/late placed trees – By 7:00 Saturday, it should be in your alley or front of house, based on where your garbage is collected. The fundraising youth groups follow maps based on that information.
- Decorations, tinsel, plastic, tree stands not removed – the trees must be totally bare to be ready for the chipper. We instruct the fundraising groups to leave these trees so they do not damage the equipment.
- Human error (missed) – While we expect the youth groups to be thorough, we also recognize that they're not professional operations crews. Please call Infrastructure Services at 403-329-7367 if this is the case. Thanks for your patience!
What happens to the Christmas trees after they are collected?
The collected Christmas trees are diverted from the City’s landfill and are chipped for environmentally friendly mulch.
How can I get mulch from the chipped trees?
Mulch is available for free at Peenaquim Park, depending on supply. Peenaquim Park is located off of Stafford Drive North. Follow Stafford Drive North through the stop sign that crosses Scenic Drive North until you see the park sign. At the bottom of the coulee/road into the park, look for the pile of wood chips.
Are there other options for recycling my Christmas tree?
The Waste & Recycling Centre
will accept your tree for free on Saturdays or for $5, Monday to Friday. Residents may choose to use a Large Item Service
and schedule a time to have their Christmas trees picked up (trees collected with this option will be disposed of with regular waste). Yard Waste sites are closed between December 1 - March 30, click here for more info.
What can I do with the rest of my holiday waste?
Much of the holiday packaging and wrapping can be recycled. When separating your recycling, remember to put wrapping paper, styrofoam and plastic without #'s 1-7 in your regular garbage collection. Please, no styrofoam or wrapping paper!
To find recycling locations and more information on what is accepted click here
Looking for ways to reduce waste this season?