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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. For more recycling tips, download our Curbside Recycling Sorting Guide and 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
  • Gift wrapping tissue 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!


  • Crinkle wrap and cellophane wrap
  • Ribbons/bows
  • Plastic foam packaging (Styrofoam) and plastic bags - 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). Please ensure all materials are clean and sorted. Contact the BC Recycling Hotline at 604-RECYCLE (604-732-9253) or 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, Friday, December 25, 2020 and on New Year's Day, Friday, January 1, 2021.

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

Tree Recycling Guidelines

  • Remove all ornaments, tinsel and lights.
  • Small or cut up Christmas trees may be placed into the Green Bin. Please ensure the bin is loosely packed with a closed lid.
  • 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 4-22, 2021. All residential properties that receive weekly City collection services are eligible for the curbside tree collection service. Place your tree out for collection near the regular Green Bin collection point. Please ensure the tree is in an accessible location and can be easily seen from the street or lane.

Christmas Tree Drop-off

  • 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, Friday, December 25, 2020 and on New Year's Day, Friday, January 1, 2021.

Holiday Reminders

  • Download the Collection Schedule App to stay on top of holiday schedule changes and to receive the latest garbage & recycling updates from the City. Please note: the collection schedule feature of the app is not available to residents of multi-family buildings. 

More Resources

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
BC Recycling Hotline: 604-RECYCLE (732-9253)
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