Christmas tree recycling

Scroll down this page for local Yukon recycling and responsible disposal options for holiday waste, from Christmas trees and wreathes, to lights, ornaments, wrapping and packaging. Many towns and cities offer curbside collection, even for Christmas trees. Counties and unicorporated areas typically have a number or drop-off locations.

Christmas trees are usually colllected from December 26th through the first 2 or 3 weeks in January.  Whether your tree is picked up from your curb,Grinding Christmas trees into mulch or you drop it off, be sure to remove all  remove all lights, wire, tinsel, ornaments, nails, stands,  other NON-Organic decorative materials and other materials that are not part of the original tree. This includes tree stands also.  Flocked trees are occasionally accepted (call to verify), but not artificial trees. Large trees (larger than the standard 6 - 7 ft tree) may need to be cut in half to be acceptable by your curbside garbage hauler.

The trees and wreathes are usually chipped and made into a mulch which is ofteny made available, free to city or county residents.

Ornaments and light strings are usually placed into your curbside collection bin.  Some localities have year-round collection centers. The same is true of wrapping paper and boxes.

Always follow the links (usually the blue, underlined name of the city or county) below for updated information, as these agencies often wait until the last minute to change dates or update their information. If your area is not specifically mentioned below, call your trash collection agency and ask!

Yukon: Where and How to Recycle Your Christmas Tree After the Holidays January 2022

Local municipality tree recycling Information

  • Whitehorse
    Curbside collection - If you're on curbside collection, place your tree at the curb for collection by early January (See the Whitehorse Tree Collection schedule).. They are picked up free of charge by the Transportation crews. Don't be alarmed if the tree waits there for over a week, it just means the crews are busy with more pressing matters, such as snow clearing.
    Drop-off - If you're not on curbside collection, you can take your tree to the Waste Management Facility and drop it off for a small fee.

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