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Christmas Tree Collection

​​​When is the program?

Collection this year will be Saturday, January 13th, 2018​
 
The Christmas Tree Recycling Program runs annually in ​​January. For the past 25 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.

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.**
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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.

Are there other options for recycling my Christmas tree?

You can bring your tree to the Waste & Recycling Centre, Monday to Saturday. 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 31.

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 in the recycling! To find recycling locations and more information on what is accepted click here.

Looking for ways to reduce waste this season?

Check out the "Create Memories, Not Garbage" campaign for great ideas to celebrate with waste-wise choices.