Christmas tree recycling

Scroll down this page for local Manitoba recycling and responsible disposal options for holiday waste, from Christmas trees and wreathes, to lights, ornaments, wrapping and packaging. Many towns and cities offer curbside collection, even for Christmas trees. Counties and unicorporated areas typically have a number or drop-off locations.

Christmas trees are usually colllected from December 26th through the first 2 or 3 weeks in January.  Whether your tree is picked up from your curb,Grinding Christmas trees into mulch or you drop it off, be sure to remove all  remove all lights, wire, tinsel, ornaments, nails, stands,  other NON-Organic decorative materials and other materials that are not part of the original tree. This includes tree stands also.  Flocked trees are occasionally accepted (call to verify), but not artificial trees. Large trees (larger than the standard 6 - 7 ft tree) may need to be cut in half to be acceptable by your curbside garbage hauler.

The trees and wreathes are usually chipped and made into a mulch which is ofteny made available, free to city or county residents.

Ornaments and light strings are usually placed into your curbside collection bin.  Some localities have year-round collection centers. The same is true of wrapping paper and boxes.

Always follow the links (usually the blue, underlined name of the city or county) below for updated information, as these agencies often wait until the last minute to change dates or update their information. If your area is not specifically mentioned below, call your trash collection agency and ask!

Manitoba: Where and How to Recycle Your Christmas Tree After the Holidays January 2022

Local municipality tree recycling Information

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Brandon

  • City of Brandon Christmas Tree Drop Off Locations
    Brandon, MB - Christmas Tree Drop-Off at the Keystone Centre
    The Christmas tree drop-off will be located at the South end of the Keystone Centre, entrance off 18th Street at Queens Avenue. Residents will see the location on the west side of the road. Drivers are asked to follow the signage provided. Drop-off will be open from December 21 to to mid-January
    Any trees needing to be disposed of after mid-January should be taken to the Eastview Landfill Site, located at 765 33rd Street East.

Steinbach

  • Steinbach, MB -
    after New Year's Day, they will begin collecting live trees that are brought to the road. For example, on garbage day one, crews will do the regular pickup and then come 2015 12 treesaround and make a separate trip to all those homes as part of that garbage day that have trees at the end of the driveway.

Winnipeg

Winnipeg Christmas tree recycling program -
Recycle your tree by dropping your unbagged tree, free of all decorations and non-natural objects off at any of the following depots. Please remember to remove all decorations, tinsel, stands and plastic tree bags.

See the Winnipeg Christmas tree drop off locations in Google maps.
  • Brady 4R Winnipeg Depot
    Weekdays: 8 a.m. - 6 p.m., Saturday and Sunday: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
    Closed: January 1
    1777 Brady Road
  • Bruce Oake Recovery Centre
    24-hour access
    255 Hamilton Avenue (Parking lot)
  • Charleswood Centre
    24-hour access
    3900 Grant Ave (Northwest corner of the Safeway parking lot
    along Haney Street, access off Haney Street)
  • Kilcona Park
    7:30 a.m. - 10 p.m.
    Lagimodiere Boulevard and McIvor Avenue (In the off-leash dog park parking lot)
  • Kildonan Park
    7 a.m. - 10 p.m.
    2015 Main Street (Rainbow Stage parking lot)
  • King's Park
    8 a.m. - 10 p.m.
    198 King's Drive (South parking lot)
  • Pacific 4R Winnipeg Depot
    Weekdays (except Wednesdays): 10 a.m. - 6 p.m., Saturday and Sunday: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.,
    Closed: January 1, every Wednesday
    1120 Pacific Avenue
  • Panet 4R Winnipeg Depot
    Weekdays (except Wednesdays): 10 a.m. - 6 p.m., Saturday and Sunday: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.,
    Closed: January 1, every Wednesday
    429 Panet Road
  • St. James Civic Centre
    24-hour access
    2055 Ness Avenue (Northwest corner parking lot)
  • St. Vital Park
    8 a.m. - 10 p.m.
    190 River Road (South parking lot)
  • Winnipeg Soccer Complex
    24-hour access
    900 Waverley Street at Victor Lewis Drive
  • Note: The Vimy Arena, St. Boniface, Fire Station No. 17 and Pan Am Pool depots have been permanently closed.

Free Wood Chippings

They provide wood chip mulch free of charge, while quantities last, at all Let's Chip In depots (except the 4R Winnipeg Depot locations) starting in early January. Please bring your own container.

4R Winnipeg Depot drop off

Christmas trees can be dropped off year-round for free at the 4R Winnipeg Depots, during regular hours of operation. Wood chips will not be available at the 4R Winnipeg Depots. Visit winnipeg.ca/4RDepot for locations and hours of operation.

Winnipeg Curbside pick-up of Christmas trees

  • For a small fee, SSCOPE, Inc., a Winnipeg non-profit organization, will pick up your Christmas tree and transport it to a depot. Contact SSCOPE at 204-987-6300 for details.

    Can I save my Christmas tree until spring and place it out for my yard waste collection?
    Yes, you can bundle your Christmas tree for yard waste collection. The bundle must be no longer than one metre (39 inches) and contain small branches (no more than 10 cm or 4 inches in diameter).

    Can I request a large item pickup for my Christmas tree?
    No, we do not accept trees in our large item collection program. One option is to contact SSCOPE, Inc. to have your Christmas tree transported to a depot.

    Can I place my Christmas tree in my garbage or recycling cart?
    Whole Christmas trees are not accepted in recycling carts, but they can be cut up and placed in the garbage cart, as long as the lid is closed and the tree pieces fall freely when the cart is emptied.

 

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