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Recycling Your Christmas Tree in Burnaby

The City of Burnaby has a number of different options for residents to recycle their Christmas trees.

Curbside Tree Collection

Residential Christmas tree collection will take place from January 6 to 24, 2020. Place your tree out for collection on January 6 and it will be collected during these three weeks.

Multi-Family Building Collection

In multi-family buildings and complexes serviced by the City of Burnaby, all trees must be placed in one accessible location by January 6. 

Tree Recycling Guidelines

  • Remove all ornaments, tinsel and lights
  • Do not bag or put your tree in your Green Bin 
  • Trees over 5' (feet) must be cut in half
  • No artificial trees are accepted
  • Trees sprayed with snow foam cannot be recycled


Burnaby's Eco-Centre (4855 Still Creek Drive) also accepts Christmas trees free of charge from Burnaby residents (proof of residency required).

The Eco-Centre is open seven days a week from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., except Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.

Tree Chipping Event

Bring your tree to the Christmas tree chipping event at the City Hall parking lot on January 4 and 5, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The event is for real trees only (no artificial), and please ensure all ornaments, screws and other metal has been removed.

The event is hosted by the Burnaby Firefighters Charitable Society and CUPE Local 23 (Burnaby Civic Employees Union). 

Tree chipping is by donation, with proceeds supporting Burnaby’s warming centre programs. They will also be collecting donations of new, unused items such as travel-size shampoo, body wash, deodorant, toothbrushes and toothpaste. Warm clothing such as socks, toques, gloves and towels are also welcome. 

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