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Holiday Waste Reduction

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Making a list, and checking it twice!

Check the list, and check it twice; it will tell you what is naughty or nice for your household recycling. We've expanded residential recycling, check out our full list of acceptable materials. Don't forget to recycle all your food scraps in your Green Bin! 

Holiday Residential Recycling Checklist


  • Wrapping paper without any metallic or plastic pieces
  • Paper gift tags/boxes
  • Paper greeting cards (remove electronic components of musical cards) 
  • Cardboard boxes flattened
  • Metal cookie/sweet containers
  • Rigid plastic packaging - no numbers required!


  • Tissue paper or crinkle wrap
  • Ribbons/bows
  • Styrofoam, plastic overwrap - drop it off!
  • Wrapping paper with metallic or plastic pieces
  • Ornaments of any kind
  • Light bulbs or light strings - take them back!

Too Many Recyclables?

Extra recyclables can be dropped off to Burnaby's Eco-Centre (4855 Still Creek Drive, west of Douglas Road). The City's Eco-Centre accepts more than what you can place out in your household recycling, see our full list!. Please ensure all materials are clean and free of contaminants. Contact the Recycling Council of BC 604-RECYCLE (732-9253) for recycling options for old Christmas light strings, electronics, small appliances and much more! 

Please note that the Burnaby Eco-Centre will be closed on Christmas Day, Wednesday, December 25, 2019.

O'Christmas Tree, O'Christmas Tree, How Can I Recycle Thee?

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

Curbside Tree Collection

Residential Christmas tree collection will take place from January 6-24, 2020. Please place your tree out for collection on January 6 and it will be collected during these two and a half weeks.

Multi-Family Collection

Multi-family complexes that have Burnaby garbage/recycling collection service will have Christmas trees collected at the same time, from January 6-24, 2020. All trees must be placed out by Monday, January 6 in one accessible location. 


  • Burnaby's Eco-Centre accepts Christmas trees free of charge from Burnaby residents (proof of residency required).
  • The Eco-Centre will be closed on Christmas Day, Wednesday, December 25, 2019.

Holiday Reminders

  • Burnaby's Eco-Centre will be closed on Wednesday, December 25, 2019.
  • Curbside collection for garbage, green bins and recycling moves ahead after a statutory holiday.

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Need Help?

Recycling, Garbage & Green Bin
Staffed Information Line:
Monday-Friday 8:00 AM - 4:45 PM
24-Hour Touch-tone Information Line: 604-294-7089
Email: solidwasteandrecycling@burnaby.ca
BC Recycling Hotline: 604-RECYCLE (732-9253)
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