Where in Metro Vancouver can you take your Christmas tree to dispose of it responsibly? To a non-profit tree chipping event raising money for charity.
This article contains information about tree chipping in the following cities:
Vancouver | Coquitlam/Port Coquitlam | Delta/Tsawwassen | New Westminster | North Vancouver | Port Moody | Surrey | West Vancouver
Where To Get Rid of Christmas Trees
Charitable tree chipping events take place after Christmas, usually on the first weekend of the New Year and in the first week of January.
Volunteers from non-profit organizations like the Lions Clubs, Firefighter associations and Scouting groups donate their time to turn Christmas trees into environmentally-friendly mulch and wood chips. In doing so they also raise money for their charitable causes and help people clean up their living rooms after the holidays.
Below we have listed some of the non-profit groups offering tree-chipping services in their local communities in 2023. Continue reading to learn more.
(Note: Times, dates and venues may change.)
Vancouver Tree Chipping
A couple of tree chipping organizations in the City of Vancouver are the Lions Club of Vancouver and UBC Botanical Garden.
Lions Club Vancouver
In 2023 the Lions Club services are in operation from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm on January 7th and 8th. The Lions Club of Vancouver has four different locations – Kerrisdale, Kitsilano Beach, Trout Lake and King George Secondary School. They also collect donations of cash and non-perishable food which are then distributed to local charities.
See the City of Vancouver website for more details and alternatives.
UBC Botanical Garden
UBC’s tree chipping is by donation with a $5 suggested (and appreciated) minimum. It runs from December 26th to January 9th from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm this season. Take your tree to the UBC Botanical Garden at 6804 SW Marine Drive. Donations collected in 2022 and 2023 go to Britannia Community Elementary School.
See the UBC Botanical Garden website for the latest updates.
Tree Chipping in Coquitlam/Port Coquitlam
Tree chipping services in the Tri-Cities area most years include one in Port Coquitlam by the city’s firefighters and another in Coquitlam by the local Kinsmen Club. See below for details about each.
Port Coquitlam Firefighters
The firefighters’ tree chipping event runs on January 7th and 8th in 2023 from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm each day. It takes place at #1 Firehall at 1725 Broadway Street. The minimum donation is $10 and all proceeds benefit the Port Coquitlam Fire Fighters Charitable Society.
To learn more see the City of Port Coquitlam‘s website.
Kinsmen Club of Coquitlam
The annual tree chipping event held by the Kinsmen Club of Coquitlam takes place on January 7th and 8th of 2023 from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm each day. The service is available at Town Centre Park’s Lot A (at 1299 Pinetree Way) this season. Donations are appreciated.
Click Kinsmen Club of Coquitlam for more details.
Two groups that offer tree chipping services most years are the North Delta Lions Club and the Tsawwassen Boundary Bay Lions Club. See below for details about each organization.
North Delta Lions Club
The North Delta Lions Club hosts its tree chipping event on January 7th and 8th in 2023. Chipping is by donation with all proceeds going back into the community.
Tree chipping by the Lions Club in 2023 can be found at the following Delta locations:
- Memorial Park – at 5010 47th Avenue in Ladner from 9:00 am until 4:00 pm.
- South Delta Recreation Centre – at 1720 56th Street in Delta from 9:00 am until 4:00 pm.
- Sungod Recreation Centre – at 7815 112th Street in Delta from 9:00 am until 4:00 pm.
See the City of Delta‘s website for the latest information.
Tsawwassen Boundary Bay Lions Club
In 2023 the Tsawwassen Boundary Bay Lions Club hosts their tree chipping event on January 7th and 8th. The event runs from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm each day at the South Delta Recreation Centre at 1720 56th Street. Chipping is by donation. Folks can also bring bottles and cans for recycling on both days.
Check out the Tsawwassen Boundary Bay Lions Club website for more details.
New West Firefighters
On January 7th and 8th, 2023, the New Westminster Firefighters Charitable Society runs their annual tree chipping event. It happens from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm at City Hall, which is located at 511 Royal Avenue in New Westminster.
See the City of New Westminster‘s website for more details.
Lynn Valley Lions Club
In 2023, the Lynn Valley Lions Club holds its annual Tree Chip Up at Lynn Canyon Park in the upper parking lot in North Vancouver. The event takes place from 10:00 am until 4:00 pm on January 7th and 8th. The service is offered by donation with proceeds benefiting worthwhile causes.
See the Lynn Valley Lion’s Club‘s website or Facebook page for updates.
New this year – You can also drop off your tree to us Jan 7-8 from 10am -4pm.
Port Moody Firefighters Tree Chipping
The Port Moody Firefighters tree chipping event runs from January 7th to 8th in 2023. Chipping is by donation with $5 as the suggested minimum. The event runs from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm on both days at the Inlet Centre Fire Hall.
See the City of Port Moody‘s website to learn more.
City of Surrey
Clayton Heights Secondary
This event happens at Clayton Heights Secondary School at 7003 – 188th Street in Surrey. Tree chipping is by donation benefiting the grads of 2023 (who are raising money for their dry grad event). Donations of bottles are also greatly appreciated.
Trees and bottles can be dropped off between 9:00 am and 3:00 pm on Saturday, January 7th in 2023.
The firefighters of Surrey run their annual tree chipping event on January 7th in 2023. It happens from 8:00 am until 4:00 pm at Guildford Town Centre at 10355 152nd Street. Tree chipping is by cash donation with proceeds benefiting the Surrey Fire Fighters Charitable Society.
See the City of Surrey‘s website for more information.
Canadian Cancer Society
Tree chipping takes place in January of 2023 at Willowbrook Shopping Centre at the corner of 197 Street and Willowbrook Drive in Langley. The tree chipping is on January 7th and 8th between 9:00 am and 5:00 pm. The service is by donation with proceeds benefiting the Canadian Cancer Society.
Surrey Central Lions Club
In 2023, this tree chipping station is at Central City Shopping Centre at 10153 King George Boulevard. It takes place on January 7th between 9:00 am and 4:00 pm.
The service is by donation and is hosted by the Surrey Central Lions Club. This year, the minimum donation is $5. Proceeds benefit the Surrey Food Bank and other charities.
Ambleside Tiddlycove Lions Club
The Tiddlycove Lions Club in West Vancouver holds its tree chipping event on January 1st, 2nd, 7th and 8th in 2023. It runs from 10:00 am until 4:00 pm on all four days. The chipping takes place at the Ambleside Park parking lot along 13th Street and the service is usually by donation.
See the Ambleside Tiddlycove Lions page for more details.
For a comprehensive list of other places where you could get your Christmas tree disposed, see the Recycling Corporation of BC’s list of Metro Vancouver or Fraser Valley tree chipping locations.