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What to do with your Christmas tree after Christmas in Burnaby

Need to get rid of your Christmas tree?
There's a few ways to get rid of your Christmas and holiday waste this year in Burnaby.

The presents have been opened, the pine needles have fallen and it’s now time to clean up after Christmas.

But how do you throw away all this stuff in the best way? The City of Burnaby has you covered.

To toss your tree, you can put it out for curbside collection between Jan. 8 and 26, 2024.

All you have to do is leave the tree out by your usual pickup area anytime during those dates, and the city will pick it up as soon as possible.

If you receive weekly city collection services, you’re eligible for the curbside pickup service, according to the city’s website.

Remember: the tree must be free of all ornaments, tinsel and lights and only natural trees can be recycled – no artificial trees or those covered in snow foam.

And don’t fret if you missed the curbside collection, as you can drop off your tree for free at the Burnaby Eco-Centre. Just remember to bring proof of residency in Burnaby.

The Eco-Centre is located at 4855 Still Creek Dr. and is open Monday to Sunday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

It will be closed New Year’s Day (Jan. 1).

What can go out for curbside recycling:

  • wrapping paper and wrapping tissue paper (no metallic or plastic pieces)
  • paper gift tags, boxes
  • paper greeting cards (remove any electronic components)
  • cardboard boxes (flattened)
  • metal cookie and sweets containers

What to throw out in the garbage:

  • crinkle wrap and cellophane wrap
  • wrapping paper with metallic or plastic pieces
  • ribbons, bows and broken or unwanted ornaments
  • artificial Christmas trees that cannot be reused

What to drop off at the Eco-Centre:

  • plastic bags, single-layer plastic envelope bags and soft plastics
  • candy wrappers, bubble wrap and other flexible plastics
  • extra curbside recyclables such as flattened cardboard and metal tins
  • light bulbs, light strings and batteries