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Christmas Trees

Christmas Trees

Wondering what to do with your Christmas tree after the holidays?

Don’t forget that you can recycle your money too! Buying from your local tree farm puts money back in to your local economy. Donate unwanted artificial trees, in good condition, to second hand or thrift shops.

The facilities listed below as well as municipal yard waste depots will accept natural Christmas trees as an organic material for composting year round.

Reduce | Reuse | Recycle | Facilities

How do I go green?

Reduce

Artificial trees can be reused and no tree loses its life for these, but they cannot be recycled in the end.  Cut natural trees can be locally and organically grown, reducing greenhouse gasses and pesticide use, but they do require 7 to 10 years of farm resources.  If you want to fell a natural tree, use a hand saw instead of a chainsaw to save on carbon emissions. 
Living (potted) trees can live for years reducing the harvesting of new trees each year.  Once they are too large for the pot, planting in the yard can be a lovely family tradition.  Make sure you select a tree that is native to this area and suited to your yard.
Avoid decorations made from fossil fuels such as tinsel.

Reuse

  • Consider making decorations from the ones you already have to hang on next year’s tree.
  • Chop up your tree and put it in the compost bin or take it to one of the local Christmas tree chipping events.
  • Look for artificial trees, tree stands and decorations in second hand shops or thrift stores.
  • Plant live trees in your yard.

Recycle

 

Facilities

  • A&P Disposal & Recycling

    6220 Marilyn Road
    Sooke
    250.642.4456

  • Alpine Disposal & Recycling

    1045 Dunford Ave.
    Langford
    250.474.5145

  • DL's Recycling Centre

    6844 Oldfield Rd
    Saanichton
    250.544.3103

  • Ellice Recycle

    524 David Street
    Victoria
    250.386.4342

  • H.L. Disposal & Lawn Services Ltd.

    334 Hillside Ave
    Victoria
    250.381.2020

  • Hartland Depot

    1 Hartland Avenue
    Victoria
    250.360.3030

  • Peninsula Landscape Supplies Ltd.

    2078 Henry Ave West
    Sidney
    250.656.6719

  • Sooke Disposal Ltd.

    No drop off depot.
    Sooke
    250.642.3646

  • The Environmental Story

    Natural or artificial; cut or live: these are the questions when it comes to picking a tree during the holiday season.  There’s nothing like the smell of a live or cut tree in your home, but what is the best option environmentally?

    Cut natural?
    Pros:  Wonderful smell, traditional character.  Renewable resource.
    Cons:  Pesticides and fungicides used if not organically grow.  Often cut down using a chain saw (burns fossil fuels), transported on a truck (again, burns fossil fuels), lit up outside in the grocery store parking lot (use of electricity).   May have to be transported to be chipped or composted.

    Living?
    Pros:  Wonderful smell, traditional character, no waste, provide oxygen, renewable resource.
    Cons:  Pesticides and fungicides used if not organically grown, require access to a yard and green thumb

    Artificial?
    Pros:  No mess, lasts for years.
    Cons:  Made of plastic which is produced from fossil fuel, a non-renewable resource.  Mostly produced overseas, so they have a huge carbon foot print.  Usually come in a lot of packaging: cardboard box, Styrofoam and/or plastic wrapping inside.  Although a fake tree may last longer than a real one, it cannot be recycled at the end of its life span and will end up in a landfill.

    Overall, the eco-friendly choice is a natural, living tree that will be replanted.

    Did You Know?

    You don't need a tree to celebrate the Christmas season.
    You can have a wreath made from found branches and other goodies or buy an organic wreath, organic holiday flowers, or other organic greenery to brighten up the house.