December 23, 2014 - The City will once again recycle natural trees this holiday season, grinding the trees into wood chips which will be added to the compost pile at the City's Solid Waste and Recycling Facility. Compost is given away each spring to beautify residents' lawns and flower gardens.

"When the time comes to pack away the holiday decorations for another year, remember that natural Christmas trees are recyclable and can add value to our community," said Jason Sherband, Coordinator - Solid Waste Diversion and Recycling.

Natural trees can be taken to one of several locations in the City beginning on Boxing Day.

North-side drop-off locations:

  • Brent Park (Balsam Street at Margaret Street)
  • County Park Tennis Courts (County Boulevard)
  • Grandview Arena (Madeline Street between Grandview Arena & Westminster United Church - not in the arena parking lot)
  • John Jumbo Recreation Centre (Toivo Street)
    "¢ Strathcona Golf Course

South-side drop-off locations:

  • Delaney Arena (Legion Track Drive)
  • Kinsmen Northwood Centre (609 James St N)
  • Lakehead Labour Centre (Fort William Road)
  • Westfort Playing Field (Off Neebing Avenue)
  • West Thunder Community Centre (915 Edward St S)

Remove all ornaments and tinsel from trees before bringing them to a drop-off location. If a plastic bag is used to transport the tree to the recycling site, it must be removed as well.

Trees cannot be left at recycling depots or put out for curbside collection.

Drop-off sites are open from Dec. 26 to Jan. 10. There is no charge for tree chipping.

For more information, call Dispatch at 625-2195 or visit

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Contact:  Jason Sherband, Coordinator Solid Waste Diversion and Recycling - Roads Division, 625-3851