This year, the City wants to encourage residents to reuse or donate their real Christmas trees. To see the various options available you can visit Ottawa.ca/christmastrees.
Undecorated Christmas trees can also be placed at the curb alongside the green bin no later than 7:00 am on the scheduled collection day. Setting out waste before collection day during the winter increases the risk of items becoming frozen in snowbanks. Trees that are still decorated, wrapped in plastic, or frozen in snowbanks will not be collected.
What happens to Christmas trees at the curb?
Christmas trees placed at the curbside for collection are taken to either the City’s contracted organics processing facility or the Trail Waste Facility. They are either composted, or they are mulched and used on the landfill’s tipping face as a beneficial cover material – a regulatory requirement for the City.