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Where and when to recycle your Christmas tree

With the holiday season closing earlier this week, there is no shortage of Christmas trees in need of being recycled.

Here is where and when you can recycle your Christmas tree:

Fort Saskatchewan

In Fort Saskatchewan, Christmas trees are collected curbside from January 8 to January 19. The city only accepts natural trees with all decorations removed and left unwrapped.

If you don’t have curbside pickup, you can also drop your tree off at the Transfer Station during operational hours.

Strathcona County

From January 8 to January 12, there will also be curbside collection on collection days throughout the county.

However, the trees must have all plastics and decorations removed, and also be cut into four-foot sections. Residents must also have their tree out for collection by 7:30 a.m. on their collection day.

For those who don’t want to wait, they can also drop the trees off at the Broadview Enviroservice Station.

St. Albert

In St. Albert, Christmas tree pickups are done in two zones – the first between January 8 and January 12, with the second between January 15 to January 19

Officials ask that you don’t place trees on top of snowbanks, and to remove all plastic wrap and decorations.


Curbside collection of natural Christmas trees begins on January 22. They also ask that all lights and decorations are removed, while trees larger than 2 metres must be cut into smaller pieces.

For those that missed the collection day, or live in an apartment, the trees can be dropped off at the recycling depot between December 27 and January 24.

Last year, over 7,000 trees were collected for composting.

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