Christmas Tree Collection weeks are coming up with dates ranging from currently under way to as far off as January 18, 2019. There will be a quick breakdown of the dates for different regions below, but first here are some common instructions to ensure your tree makes it off your curb;
- Remove all lights, ornaments, tinsel, and stands.
- Cut trees that are longer than 6 feet (or 7 feet depending on your location) in half.
- Do not bag your tree or remove the bag before placing on the curb.
- Keep it visible and accessible for collection crews. Do not place your tree on or behind a snowbank.
- Have your tree on the curb no later than 7 a.m. on your collection day.
There are also alternatives to putting your tree on the curb, as an example there is the Backyard option which was covered here. Or if you are in the Hamilton/Burlington area or are willing to take a bit of a drive you may want to consider helping out the environment with your tree in another way.
The Royal Botanical Gardens are looking for Christmas trees to help out with the Christmas tree barriers at the mouth of Grindstone creek in order to rebuild creek channels that have disappeared due to invasive non-native common carp in Hamilton Harbour. The trees are perfect for blocking the fish while letting water through and sitting on top of the mud. Eventually they compress down, however, and new trees are needed to add to the top.
If you would like to donate your tree to this effort follow the above instructions for cleaning your tree (though you can skip cutting it in half) and drop it off at the following locations anytime between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. from Today until January 14, 2019.
Below Laking Garden (1200 Spring Garden Rd Burlington)
Princess Point (335 Longwood Road, Hamilton)
If, however you would like to simply leave it for collection the dates you can do that depend on what region you are in.
In the Waterloo Region – Christmas Tree collection will occur from December 31, 2018 to January 11, 2019. They also have options after the Christmas Tree collection program has ended. You can recycle your natural tree by dropping it off at one of their Regional facilities. Fees will apply. Trees dropped off will be chipped for mulch. Trees set to the curb after the special collection program has ended, will count as one Bulky Item and will go to the landfill.
Niagara Region – Christmas tree collection will take place on your regular collection day during the week of Jan. 7 – 11, 2019. Weather conditions may delay collection. Leave your Christmas tree at the end of the driveway and it will be collected. Residents can also take Christmas trees to a drop-off depot or landfill site; landfill site drop-off is free of charge.
Brantford – Christmas Tree Collection will occur between January 7th and 18th, 2019.
Hamilton – Christmas Tree Collection will occur between January 7th and 18th, 2019.
If you are looking to dispose of an artificial tree, it will be counted as one Large or Bulky Item and will need to be considered under those rules in your region.