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Let's Chip In

Christmas tree recycling program

Closed for the season
Thanks for participating

Recycle your Christmas tree

Don't throw your Christmas tree away after the holiday season. Recycle it
by dropping your unbagged tree off at any of the following depots:

  • Charleswood Centre
    24-hour access
    3900 Grant Ave (Southwest corner of the Safeway parking lot
    along Haney Street, access off Haney Street)

  • Fire Station No. 17
    7:00am 10:00pm
    1501 Church Avenue at Sheppard Street

  • Kilcona Park
    7:30am 10:00pm
    Lagimodiere Boulevard and McIvor Avenue (In the off-leash dog park parking lot)

  • Kildonan Park
    7:00am 10:00pm
    2015 Main Street (Rainbow Stage parking lot)

  • King's Park
    8:00am – 10:00pm
    198 King's Drive (South parking lot)

  • Panet Road
    24-hour access
    Panet Road and Mission Street

  • St. Boniface
    24-hour access
    Darveau Street back lane at Tache Avenue

  • St. James Civic Centre
    24-hour access
    2055 Ness Avenue (Northwest corner parking lot)

  • St. Vital Park
    8:00am 10:00pm
    190 River Road (South parking lot)

  • Vimy Arena
    24-hour access
    255 Hamilton Avenue at Vimy Road

  • Winnipeg Soccer Complex
    24-hour access
    900 Waverley Street at Victor Lewis Drive

View Christmas tree drop off locations in a larger map

Note: The Transcona, Assiniboine Park Zoo and Pan Am Pool depots have been permanently closed.

Remember to remove all decorations, tinsel and plastic tree bags. We provide wood chip mulch free of charge (while quantities last) at all depots starting in early January. Please bring your own container.

We chip the trees and use the mulch for landscaping throughout the city. Christmas tree chips are great for woody (coniferous) shrub and tree beds. A 2 to 3-inch layer of mulch reduces moisture loss and prevents weed growth. It's not recommended for use in flower or vegetable gardens due to the high acid content in the pine needles.

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4R Winnipeg Depot drop off

Christmas trees can be dropped off year-round for free at the 4R Winnipeg Depots, during regular hours of operation.

Wood chips will not be available at the 4R Winnipeg Depots.

Visit for locations and hours of operation.

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Curbside pick-up of Christmas trees

For a small fee, SSCOPE, Inc. Icon indicating a link which will open up a new browser window and take you to a Web site outside of the City of Winnipeg's Web site. To return to the City of Winnipeg Web site, close the new browser window., a Winnipeg non-profit organization, will pick up your Christmas tree and transport it to a depot. Contact SSCOPE at 204-987-6300 for details.

Can I save my Christmas tree until spring and place it out for my yard waste collection?
Yes, you can bundle your Christmas tree for yard waste collection. The bundle must be no longer than one metre (39 inches) and contain small branches (no more than 10 cm or 4 inches in diameter).

Can I request a large item pickup for my Christmas tree?
No, we do not accept trees in our large item collection program. One option is to contact SSCOPE, Inc. to have your Christmas tree transported to a depot.

Can I place my Christmas tree in my garbage or recycling cart?
Christmas trees:

  • are not accepted in recycling carts.
  • can be cut up and placed in the garbage cart, as long as the lid is closed and the tree pieces fall freely when the cart is emptied.

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Thanks to all participating residents for taking the time to recycle your Christmas trees. Over the past 25 years, we've recycled over 360,000 trees, which has diverted more than 1,640 tonnes of material from the City’s landfill.

Year Number of trees Tonnes chipped
(assuming average tree weight of 4.546 kg)
2015-2016 11,802 54
2014-2015 11,000 50
2013-2014 12,841 58
2012-2013 14,500 66
2011-2012 15,000 70
2010-2011 9,668 44
2009-2010 15,780 72
2008-2009 13,425 61
2007-2008 12,500 57
2006-2007 13,550 62
2005-2006 10,900 50
2004-2005 9,583 44
2003-2004 13,380 61
2002-2003 16,082 73
2001-2002 17,335 79
2000-2001 19,640 89
1999-2000 10,554 48
1998-1999 15,102 69
1997-1998 16,292 74
1996-1997 15,005 68
1995-1996 11,787 54
1994-1995 17,395 79
1993-1994 18,124 82
1992-1993 17,875 81
1991-1992 21,430 97
Totals 360,550 1,642
Average per year 14,442 66

For more information visit the yard waste information page

For information on the depot locations and hours, contact 311.

Last updated: November 15, 2017