Calgary, AB,

Give new life to your real Christmas tree – Drop it off for recycling

Calgary – Don’t let those real Christmas trees go to waste. Now that the holiday season is over, Calgarians are reminded to turn their real Christmas trees into useful mulch through The City’s Christmas Tree Recycling program.

“Calgarians have been doing a great job bringing their Christmas trees to a tree drop-off for recycling,” says Sharon Howland, Leader, Program Management at Waste & Recycling Services. “We have already collected over 7,000 trees so far and expect many more to be dropped off this month. It’s great to see that Calgarians want to keep these trees out of the landfill and help our environment.”

Sixteen temporary tree drop-off locations are open throughout the city until January 31.

*Landfill hours have recently changed. Check before visiting a landfill site.

As a cost-saving measure, there will be no door-to-door tree collection this year.

How to prepare your real tree for recycling

  • Remove all lights, ornaments, tinsel, string, garland and tree stands.
  • Do not wrap, tie or bag your tree.

Approximately 35,000 trees were collected last year. All trees collected will be turned into mulch rather than thrown away in the landfill. The mulch from recycled Christmas trees will be available for free to residents at the East Calgary landfill. Mulch is available while supplies last.

For more information about the Christmas Tree Recycling program, visit

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