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.
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 list some of the non-profit groups offering tree-chipping services in their local communities at the beginning of January in 2021. Check out our list to find a location near you.
(Note: Times, dates and venues are subject to 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 2020 the Lions Club was in operation from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm on January 4th and 5th. The Lions Club of Vancouver had four different locations – Kerrisdale, Kitsilano, Sunset Beach and Trout Lake. They also collect donations of cash and non-perishable food which are then distributed to local charities.
Unfortunately, Lions Club tree chipping events have been cancelled in 2021 due to COVID-19.
See the City of Vancouver website for more details and alternatives.
UBC Botanical Garden
UBC’s tree chipping is by donation, with $5 suggested (and appreciated). It runs from December 26th to January 10th from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm in 2021 at the UBC Botanical Garden at 6804 SW Marine Drive. Donations collected in 2020 and 2021 benefit Thunderbird Elementary School.
See the UBC Botanical Garden website for more information.
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 from January 9th to 10th, 2021, 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 BC Professional Firefighters Burn Fund.
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 2nd and 3rd, 2021, from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm each day.
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 host their tree chipping event on the weekend of January 9th to 10th in 2021. Chipping is by donation with all proceeds going back into the community.
Tree chipping by the Lions Club in 2021 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 4:30 pm.
See the City of Delta‘s website for more information.
Tsawwassen Boundary Bay Lions Club
In 2021 the Tsawwassen Boundary Bay Lions Club is hosting their tree chipping event on January 9th and 10th. It 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 and all proceeds benefit community organizations. COVID-19 protocols will also be in place to ensure safety of staff and guests.
Check out the Tsawwassen Boundary Bay Lions Club website for more details.
New West Firefighters
On January 4th and 5th, 2020, the New Westminster Firefighters ran their annual tree chipping event. It was by donation and was run in partnership with the 12th New West Scouts bottle drive. The event took place from 10:00 am until 3:00 pm in the parking lot at the Canada Games Pool at 65 East Sixth Avenue in New Westminster.
Dates and details for the New West Firefighters tree chipping service are to be confirmed for 2021.
For details see the City of New Westminster‘s website.
Lynn Valley Lions Club
The Lynn Valley Lions Club held its annual Tree Chip Up in the Lynn Valley Legion parking lot at 1630 Lynn Valley Road in North Vancouver. The event took place from 12:00 until 4:00 pm on January 4th and 5th in 2020. The service was offered by donation with proceeds benefiting worthwhile causes.
2021 tree chipping details are to be confirmed.
See the Lynn Valley Lion’s Club‘s website for more information.
Port Moody Firefighters Tree Chipping
The Port Moody Firefighters tree chipping event runs from January 2nd to 3rd, 2021. Chipping is by donation with $5 as the suggested minimum. Also available is coffee, hot chocolate and car vacuuming, although this is to be confirmed due to COVID-19.
At the event last year, which took place at Inlet Centre Fire Hall at 150 Newport Drive, the firefighters also demonstrated how fast a Christmas tree can catch fire. This may or may not take place again in 2021.
See the City of Port Moody‘s website to learn more.
The firefighters of Surrey normally run their annual tree chipping event at Newton Athletic Park at 7395 128th Street. In 2021, however, it is taking place in Guildford Town Centre at 10355 152nd Street. It runs on January 2nd from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm. Tree chipping is by cash donation.
See the City of Surrey‘s website for more information.
Ambleside Tiddlycove Lions Club
The Tiddlycove Lions Club in West Vancouver hold their tree chipping event from January 1st until January 3rd, 2021. It runs from 10:00 am until 4:00 pm each day. Chipping services are by donation and all proceeds are donated to local charities.
See the District of West Vancouver‘s website for details.
For a comprehensive list of other places that you could get your Christmas tree disposed of in 2020 see the Recycling Corporation of BC’s list of Metro Vancouver or Fraser Valley tree chipping locations. Locations will likely be the same or similar in 2021.