In many urban and suburban areas, Christmas trees are collected from curbside during the first 2 weeks in January. Be sure to remove all remove all lights, wire, tinsel, ornaments, nails, stands, other NON-Organic decorative materials and other materials that are not part of the original tree. This includes tree stands also. Flocked trees are usually accepted, but not artificial trees. Large trees (larger than the standard 6 - 7 ft tree) may need to be cut in half to be acceptable by your garbage hauler. But scrroll down this page for more specific information and local links.
What happens to the trees? In most cases, the trees are chipped and made into a mulch which is usually made available, free to city or county residents. Important: Never burn your Christmas tree in a fireplace or wood stove. Burning the tree may contribute to creosote buildup and could cause a chimney fire.
Tips: Always follow the links (usually the name of the city or county) below for updated information, as these agencies often wait until the last minute to change dates or update their information (it's government, remember?). If your area is not specifically mentioned below, contact your trash collection agency and inquire!
See this page for local options to easily recycle your Christmas holiday lights
If it has just snowed; see this page about how to make snocones from real snow! Your kids will love it!
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I'm working on this now! If you have any links to city or other local Christmas tree recycling, curbside pickup, etc., please let me know!
Montreal - After New Year's Day, place it on the
curbside for the special Christmas tree collection. It will be picked up and converted into wood chips. The city says more than 25,000
trees are picked up each year. Click on your area below for details
Remove all decorations from the tree
Do not put the tree in a bag
Put in on the sidewalk with the base facing the street
Make sure it's not obstructing the sidewalk and that it's not covered in snow
During snow removal operations, make sure it's not obstructing the road
Quebec - Anyone know where Quebec publishes ANY information about their Christmas tree collection? Is it some kind of state secret? Click here to write to me!