It's Time to Recycle Your Christmas Tree
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It’s Time to Recycle Your Christmas Tree

The presents are unwrapped and the decorations are coming down.  If you have a real Christmas tree, the City of Windsor wants to help you dispose of it responsibly. 

Collection dates to gather Christmas Trees and yard waste begin next week (look for the Christmas tree symbol in your waste collection calendar).  Trees are shredded into wood chips, so it is important to remember that only real trees (not artificial) will be recycled.  Here are some tips to properly recycle your tree:

  • Remove all decorations, lights, wire, tree skirts, stands and nails. 

  • Trees longer than 1.8 m (6') must be cut in half so that they fit in the truck.

  • Your tree cannot be recycled/shredded if it has fake snow on it.

  • Avoid using a plastic tree bag. If you do place your tree in a plastic bag to bring it to the curb, please remove the bag and throw it in the garbage.

  • Bundle loose branches (no longer than 4') with cedar roping and place beside your Christmas tree.

  • Take your tree to the curb only on your special collection day as they sometimes become frozen to a snow bank or on the ground if out too soon.

  • Leaves and other yard waste left over from the fall can also be placed out for collection on your designated Christmas tree pickup day. To increase collection efficiency, if possible, please put trees and yard waste at a common location with an adjacent neighbour, away from parked cars.

  • Have Christmas trees and yard waste placed at your curb by 6:00 a.m. for collection.

If you require a collection calendar, or if you have any questions about Christmas tree/yard waste collection, visit or call 311. 

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