The City of Edmonton has been collecting and recycling Christmas trees set out for curbside collection and at recycling depots since 1990. 

8,570 trees, weighing more than 95 tonnes, were collected in January 2020 for composting.

Tree Collection

Curbside collection of natural Christmas trees starts on January 11, 2021. Residents are asked to place their un-bagged tree on its side next to their garbage bags by 7am on Monday January 11, 2021. Trees may be picked up as late as January 31, 2021 (weather dependent) and not necessarily on residents’ regularly scheduled collection days. Please ensure the tree remains clear of snow and ice for ease of pick up.

For Christmas trees to be acceptable for composting, all ornaments, tinsel, garlands, nails, screws and tree stands must be removed. Large trees should be cut into two-metre (6.5 foot) lengths.

Apartment and Condo Residents

Apartment and condo residents can drop off their natural Christmas tree for free at a Recycling Depot from Monday December 28, 2020 until Saturday January 30, 2021 or an Eco Station anytime during the year.

Christmas trees should not be placed in or beside apartment recycling or waste bins.

Artificial Trees

When getting rid of your artificial tree, consider donating to a local charity or second-hand store.

Artificial trees that are not fit for reuse are not recyclable and should be set out with your garbage on your regular collection day. Please make sure the trees are packaged for collection within the Waste Services regulations. They need to be boxed, bagged or bundled and be no heavier than 20 kilograms and no longer than 1.2 metres.