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Christmas Tree Collection

For the past 30 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 95,000 Christmas trees have been diverted from the landfill since the program began.

This years collection will take place ​​January 20th, 2024. Please note, we have postponed this from the original collection of January 14th due to extreme cold weather.

We want to remind all residents their trees need to be placed by 7:00am on the day of the collection. They 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.

All decorations, tinsel, plastic and tree stands need to be 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.

Lastly, sometimes human error (missed trees) happen. While we expect the youth groups to be thorough, we also recognize that they're not professional operations crews. Please contact 311 if this is the case.

Christmas Tree FAQs

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.

The collected Christmas trees are diverted from the City’s landfill and are chipped for environmentally friendly mulch.

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 currently closed for the season.

You can recycle many types of excess holiday waste like paper, cardboard, metal cans and plastics with #'s 1-7. Remember that wrapping paper, styrofoam, and plastic without #'s 1-7 cannot be recycled and must go in your garbage cart. Please, no styrofoam or wrapping paper in your blue cart! 

Click here for more information on What's In and What's Out.

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

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