Recycle Tree

With the holidays over for the year, those in and around the Victoria area who went all out with a real Christmas tree can recycle it at a number of locations. There are many environmental perks to having a real, locally grown Christmas Tree (not to mention the smell!) but unfortunately not every Christmas tree is accepted for recycling, so make sure your tree qualifies before scoping out recycling locations.

Does Your Tree Qualify?Recycle Tree

  • Is your tree real?
  • Are ornaments, tinsel, and decorations removed?
  • Is your tree free of lights and its stand?
  • Is your tree green? (flocking-free/non-flocked)?
  • If you answered YES to all of these questions, congratulations! You can official recycle your tree. See below for options in your area.

Where to Bring Your Tree?

Victoria

BC Lions Society for Children with Disabilities
Date: January 7 & 8
Time: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Locations: Save-On-Foods parking lot at the corner of Fort and Foul Bay
Details: Trees will be chipped for a donation to BC Lions Society for Children with Disabilities. All proceeds go towards Easter Seals Services and Programs. Tree Chipping provided by Davey Tree.

Victoria High School R&B and Concert Bands
Date: January 7, 8 and 14, 15
Time: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Location: Vic High School, at the corner of Fernwood Road and Grant Street (1260 Grant Street parking lot)
Details: By donation. Proceeds go to Victoria High School bands for career preparation trips.

Esquimalt

The Township of Esquimalt in partnership with The community youth Group
Date: January 7 & 8
Time: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Details: In the back parking lot of the Archie Browning Sports Centre (1151 Esquimalt Rd.).

Western Communities

BC Lions Society for Children with Disabilities
Date: January 7 & 8
Time: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Locations: Westshore Town Centre, Sooke Home Hardware
Details: Trees will be chipped for a donation to BC Lions Society for Children with Disabilities. All proceeds go towards Easter Seals Services and Programs. Tree chipping provided by Davey Tree.

Colwood Volunteer Firefighters
Date: January 7 & 8
Time: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Location: Colwood Fire Station, 3215 Metchosin Road
Details: By donation, proceeds go to Colwood Firefighters Historical Society. Tree chipping service donated by Cedar Grove Tree Services.

Sooke

BC Lions Society for Children with Disabilities
Date: January 7 & 8
Time: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Locations: Sooke Home Hardware
Details: Trees will be chipped for a donation to BC Lions Society for Children with Disabilities. All proceeds go towards Easter Seals Services and Programs. Tree chipping provided by Western Island Tree Service.

Central Saanich

Central Saanich Lions Club
Date: December 31, January 1, 6, 7, 14 & 15
Time: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Location: 1703 Keating Cross Road (opposite the municipal works yard)
Details: Tree chipping by donation. In addition, there will be a donation box available when the site is not attended. Funds raised go towards supporting local organizations such as the Saanich Peninsula Hospital Foundation, Camp Shawnigan, Mount Newton Centre, Victoria Therapeutic Riding Association, Sidney Food Bank and local sports Teams. Chipping donated by Dogwood Tree services.

North Saanich

North Saanich Volunteer Firefighters
Date: January 7
Time: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Location: McTavish Fire Hall: 1665 Mc Tavish Road and Wain Road Fire Hall: 986 Wain Road
Details: By donation. Half of the funds go to CFAX Santa’s Anonymous and half to local families in need. This event is also an open house at the Wain Road Fire Hall – 986 Wain Road. Phone in, pick up requests will require a minimum $10 donation. Call: 250-656-1931

Oak Bay

Castaway Wanderers Rugby Club
Date: January 2, 7 & 8
Time: 10am – 4pm
Location: Windsor Park next to the Rose Garden on Currie Rd
Details: By Donation

Saanich

McKenzie Elementary School
Date: January 7 & 8 Time: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Location: McKenzie Elementary School 4005 Raymond St N (Lower parking lot off McKenzie Ave)
Details: McKenzie Elementary School with the assistance of Bartlett Tree Experts are hosting a weekend Christmas tree chipping event by donation. All proceeds will be put towards the installation of a new Community Nature Space to be located on school grounds. Tree pick-up is available within 3 km. Contact Colin at cschmit@shaw.ca for arrangements.

Reynolds Music Christmas Tree Chipping
Date: January 2, 7 & 8
Time: 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Location: Reynolds High School at corner of McKenzie and Borden, 3963 Borden Street
Details: By donation, all proceeds directly support the Reynolds Music Program. We chip trees by hand, in an environmentally friendly way, no machinery is used, only kid power. Decoration removal is a bonus service!

Claremont Secondary School KEY Club
Date: January 7 & 8
Time: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Location: Claremont Secondary School north parking lot, 4980 Wesley Road
Details: By donation, proceeds to go to Claremont Key Club and the various charities and organizations they support. Cordova Bay Tree Services is donating tree chipping services

BC Lions Society for children with disabilities
Date: January 7 & 8
Time: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Locations: Broadmead Village Shopping Centre Tillicum Shopping Centre University Heights Shopping Centre
Details: Trees will be chipped for a donation to BC Lions Society for Children with Disabilities. All proceeds go towards Easter Seals Services and Programs. Tree chipping provided by Davey Tree.

UVic Vikes Track Team
Date: January 7 & 8
Time: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Location: UVic Centennial Stadium parking lot
Details: By donation, proceeds go to the UVic Vikes Track Team

Strawberry Vale Elementary School PAC
Date: January 7
Time: 11 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Location: Strawberry Vale Elementary School, 4109 Rosedale Avenue
Details: By donation. Proceeds to support the Strawberry Vale School Nature Play Perimeter Pathway. Tree chipping provided by Bartlett Tree Experts. There is also a refundable beverage container drop off at the same time. Pick-up is available within the Strawberry Vale catchment area, and must be pre-arranged by January 2nd by emailing pacsve@gmail.com.

Knights of Columbus
Date: December 31 & January 7
Time: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Location: St Joseph the Worker 753 Burnside Road
Details: By donation

Pacific Christian School
Date: January 7
Time: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Location: Pacific Christian School parking lot; 654 Agnes St
Details: By donation. There is also a refundable beverage container drop off at the same time. Proceeds go to support Pacific Christian School’s 2017 Dry Grad. Tree chipping donated by Let the Sunshine In Tree Services

Sidney

Sidney Lions Club
Date: January 7
Time: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Location: Overflow parking lot on Ocean Avenue (north end of Iroquois Park)
Details: Donations gratefully accepted and appreciated. Event sponsored by Bartlett Tree Experts, Peninsula Signs and the Town of Sidney Parks and Works.

 

Do you know of any additional places where to bring your tree (or where curbside pickup is available)? Please comment below with the information and we will update our list!

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