What better way to end the Christmas season than to throw the centrepiece of festivities into a wood chipper — for a good cause, of course.
Remember to remove all tinsel and decorations before bring your tree to the disposal site where it will be broken down in a wood chipper and taken to the landfill for compost.
Here’s where you can recycle your Christmas tree in Vancouver.
Wood chipper services are offered by the Vancouver City staff and Lions Club Volunteers on Jan. 5 and 6, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at:
- Kerrisdale Community Ice Rink parking lot - 5670 East Blvd, north of 41st Ave
- Kitsilano Beach parking lot - Cornwall Ave and Arbutus St
- Sunset Beach upper parking lot - Beach Ave and Broughton St
- Trout Lake Community Centre parking lot - 3360 Victoria Dr., south of E. 12th Ave
Cash and non-perishable food donations will be collected from these locations for local charities.
Or if that Christmas tree needs to be gone sooner, UBC Botanical Gardens offers a chipping service Dec. 26 to Jan. 8, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
There will be signs to direct your placement behind the orange posts. After being chipped, the trees will be repurposed for mulch on garden trails.
Cash donations are accepted with suggestion of $5 as the minimum. Proceeds will support the SPEC School Gardens Program at Thunderbird elementary school.
If the wood chipper isn’t your thing, residents can still cut their own trees so they fit completely in the city’s green bins before collection by the City Green Bin Service Jan. 12 and 13. Trees must be out by 7 a.m. on Jan. 12 for collection.