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:
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 that offered tree-chipping services in their local communities in 2021. Fortunately, many groups listed below have already released information about 2022 events! Continue reading to learn more.
(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.
Lions Club tree chipping events didn’t happen in 2021 due to COVID-19. Fortunately, it is returning in 2022! Tree chipping events are set to happen on January 8th and 9th from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. The locations are similar to 2020 too, as it is going to take place in Kerrisdale, Kitsilano Beach, Trout Lake, and King George Secondary School.
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 ran 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 went to Thunderbird Elementary School.
Tree chipping events at UBC are set to take place this year between December 26 to January 9, 2022, from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. A donation of at least $5 is recommended and like previous years, all proceeds are going to Thunderbird 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 ran from January 9th and 10th in 2021 from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm each day. It took place at #1 Firehall at 1725 Broadway Street. The minimum donation was $10 and all proceeds benefitted the BC Professional Firefighters Burn Fund.
This year, folks can drop off their trees on January 8th and 9th, 2022, from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm at the aforementioned address. A minimum donation of $5 is also required.
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 took place on January 2nd and 3rd of 2021 from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm each day.
In 2022, the tree chipping happens on the weekend of January 8th and 9th from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm.
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 hosted its tree chipping event on the weekend of January 9th to 10th in 2021. Chipping was by donation with all proceeds going back into the community.
Tree chipping by the Lions Club in 2021 was 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.
This year, tree chipping at the North Delta Lions Club is set to happen on January 8th and 9th, 2022. See the City of Delta‘s website for more information.
Tsawwassen Boundary Bay Lions Club
In 2021 the Tsawwassen Boundary Bay Lions Club hosted their tree chipping event on January 9th and 10th. In 2022 the event takes place on January 8th and 9th. It runs from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm each day at the South Delta Recreation Centre at 1720 56th Street.
Chipping was by donation in 2021 and all proceeds benefitted community organizations. COVID-19 protocols were also in place to ensure the safety of staff and guests. The same will likely apply to the 2022 event.
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 ran 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. New West Firefighters tree chipping service also happened in 2021 on January 2nd and 3rd.
The next tree chipping event happens on Sunday, January 2nd, 2022. It runs from 9:00 am until 4:00 pm. This year, the event takes place at City Hall, which is located at 511 Royal Avenue. Food trucks will also be on site.
See the City of New Westminster‘s website for more details.
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.
Tree Chip Up also happened in 2021 on January 2nd and 3rd. 2022 details are unknown as of early December. See the Lynn Valley Lion’s Club‘s website for updates.
Port Moody Firefighters Tree Chipping
The Port Moody Firefighters tree chipping event ran from January 2nd to 3rd in 2021. Chipping was by donation with $5 as the suggested minimum. Coffee, hot chocolate and car vacuuming were also available.
This year, the tree chipping event is set to happen on January 1st and 2nd, 2022, from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm at the Inlet Centre Fire Hall. Like last year, a minimum donation of $5 is required.
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 2022 (who are raising money for their dry grad event). Donations of bottles are also greatly appreciated.
Trees and bottles can be dropped off on the weekend of January 8th and 9th between 9:00 am and 3:00 pm.
The firefighters of Surrey normally run their annual tree chipping event at Newton Athletic Park at 7395 128th Street. In 2021, however, it took place in Guildford Town Centre at 10355 152nd Street. It ran on January 2nd from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm. Tree chipping was by cash donation.
This year, the event is going to happen on January 8th, 2022, from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm. at Guildford Mall. Tree chipping is going to happen at Guildford Mall and all entries are going to be by voluntary donation.
See the City of Surrey‘s website for more information.
Canadian Cancer Society
Tree chipping takes place this year at Willowbrook Shopping Centre at 19705 Fraser Highway in Langley. It happens in the parking lot across from the Real Canadian Superstore by the corner of 198th Street and Willowbook Drive.
The tree chipping is on the Saturday and Sunday of January 8th and 9th between 9:00 am and 4:30 pm. The service is by donation with proceeds benefiting the Canadian Cancer Society.
Surrey Central Lions Club
This tree chipping station is at Central City Shopping Centre at 10153 King George Boulevard. It takes place on Saturday January 8th, 2022, between 9:00 am and 4:00 pm.
The service is by donation and hosted by the Surrey Central Lions Club. Donations benefit the Surrey Food Bank.
Ambleside Tiddlycove Lions Club
The Tiddlycove Lions Club in West Vancouver held its tree chipping event from January 1st until January 3rd, 2021. It ran from 10:00 am until 4:00 pm each day. Chipping services were by donation and all proceeds were donated to local charities.
This year’s event is set to happen on the 1st, 2nd, 8th, and 9th of 2022. Similar to last year, services are likely to be by donation as well. See the District of West Vancouver‘s website or visit the Ambleside Tiddlycove Lions Facebook page for more details.
For a comprehensive list of other places where you could get your Christmas tree disposed of, 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 2022.