Scroll down this page for local Nova Scotia 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, 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!
Nova Scotia: Where and How to Recycle Your Christmas Tree After the Holidays January 2022
Local municipality tree recycling Information
Many communities conduct chipping programs. Some coastal communities use trees at nearby beaches to reduce sand and soil erosion.
- Amherst - curbside collection
Phone: 902-667-3352. The Town will provide
door-to-door pickup of Christmas trees during a 1 week period as noted on the collection schedule. A special collection of leaves, brush and
branches will also take place during a 2 week period each spring and fall. Brush and tree branches shall be bundled in bundles not exceeding 1.5
m in length or 25 kg in weight and individual limbs shall have a diameter not exceeding 5 cm in diameter when placed for regular collection.
- Digby - There's nothing on their website yet, you'll have to
Halifax - Curbside collection
Set your tree out early (or the night before) on green waste day! Natural Christmas trees will be
on your regular green cart collection day/week. Remove all plastic, tinsel, ornaments, metal rings, nails, stands and plastic tree bags.
- Lunenburg - curbside collection
are collected curbside each year during the second and third week in January. Follow the link and see the current year's collection calendar.
- Valley Waste - Region 5. You can also cut the tree in 4ft. lengths,
bundle it and set it out as brush for regular collection, or put it out for
Management Centres - Drop your tree off, free of charge, throughout the month of January.
Annapolis Royal - Town residents can place trees at curbside for collection by the Town of Annapolis Royal.
Berwick - Residents
can drop trees off at the Public Works site during regular operating hours or staff will pick them up from roadside during January.
Kentville - The Kinsmen Club will collect trees in Kentville on Saturday in early January as a fundraiser for charity. For the date and
details, call 902-678-6937.
Middleton - Town residents can drop off trees the first week in January from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm, at the
site on the west side of Brooklyn Road. Call the Town office for details.
Wolfville - Christmas tree collection will run typically
the first 2 weeks in January and residents are to set trees at the curb by January 3 at the earliest. Trees can also be dropped off at the Maple
Avenue Compost Site just outside the gate ssuring the first 2 weeks in January.
If you don't see your area above; try contacting your regional recycling centre:
Region 1: Cape Breton
Region 2: Eastern
Region 3: Northern
Region 4: Halifax
Region 5: Valley
Valley Waste Resource Management includes the following municipalities:
Region 6: South Shore/West Hants
Includes the following towns:
- Mahone Bay
Also included are the following municipality districts:
- West Hants
- Queens Region
Region 7: Western
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