Calgary, AB,

Give new life to your real Christmas tree

– put it out for collection by 7 a.m. on Friday January 8

Now that the holiday season is over, Calgarians can turn their real Christmas trees into useful mulch through The City’s Christmas Tree Recycling program. 

Philippa Wagner, Programs Leader with Waste & Recycling Services
“It’s an easy way for people to give new life to their real Christmas trees,”
Philippa Wagner, Programs Leader with Waste & Recycling Services

“The City collects trees from homes with curbside garbage collection. There are also eight drop-off locations in all quadrants of the city.”

“The mulch from recycled Christmas trees is available for free to residents for gardening and landscaping at the East Calgary landfill,” says Wagner. Mulch is available while supplies last.


Trees are collected from homes that currently receive residential garbage collection.

  • To participate, place your tree on the ground near your black cart collection spot by 7 a.m. on Friday, January 8.
  • Make sure the tree is not blocking the street, lane or sidewalk and is at least one foot (30 centimetres) away from your carts.
  • Leave the tree out and it will be picked up by the end of January.
  • Tree pickup will happen by community and updated daily on


Temporary tree drop-off locations are open until January 31.

*Landfill locations are open Monday to Saturday 7:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and closed on Sundays. All other drop-off locations are accessible 24 hours a day.

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, helping to reduce harmful greenhouse gas emissions.

For more information about the Christmas Tree Recycling program, visit