Until next year, beloved Christmas tree…

Let’s face it, there’s always a feeling of sadness when it’s time to take down your Christmas tree. What once stood as a symbol of the incoming festivities is now a stark reminder that the holidays are over and life is getting back to normal.

The new year has arrived and now it’s time pack up your beloved Christmas tree. Box up the tinsel and ornaments, and the City of Vaughan will help you take away your tree.

The City provides residents with a Christmas tree collection program every January. Before you set your tree out on the curb, there are some important reminders for residents to keep in mind when it comes to collection requirements.

 Collection day:

Christmas tree collection occurs during week of Jan. 12 on regular collection days. Please refer to the Waste Collection Schedule for collection dates specific to your area.

 Collection time:

Place your Christmas tree at the curb no earlier than 6 p.m. the night before collection and no later than 7 a.m. the day of collection.

 How to place your tree out for collection:

  • Make Christmas trees fully accessible – trees buried in snow banks may not get collected.
  • Clearly separate each waste stream (i.e. leaf and yard, recycling) so collection contractors can easily identify your waste.
  • Place your collectible waste materials at the curb for collection (on or beside your driveway).  Do not place collectible materials on the road – it may pose a risk to oncoming traffic.
  • Keep waste materials separate from your neighbours’.

 Other reminders:

  • Christmas trees larger than 2.13 metres (seven ft.) cannot fit into our collection vehicles and are required to be cut in half.
  • Remove all tinsel, ornaments, plastic bags and stands.

What if I forget to put my tree out for collection?

No need to worry! If you missed Christmas tree collection dates, you can take your tree to York Region’s Compost Facility – free of charge. If you don’t mind waiting until spring, the City will collect your tree during the start of the spring leaf and yard waste collection program.

For complete details and additional resources, please visit the City’s Christmas Tree Collection page.


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