The City of London will be collecting Christmas Trees at the curbside on one day in January from homes that receive curbside waste collection services as part of a new service so more trees can be composted instead of entering the landfill.
“This year, for the first time, you can put your tree curbside and the City of London will pick it up and make sure it’s composted. This is another way we’re working toward becoming one of the greenest cities in Canada,” said Mayor Matt Brown.
Collection days are Saturday, January 7 for Zones C, D and E and Saturday, January 14 for Zones A, B, and F. Any trees put at the curb before or after the scheduled collection day will not be removed with garbage. If there is a snow event, leave your tree at the curbside for collection in the following week. Assist crews by ensuring the tree is visible and free of snow and ice.
The City will not open special Christmas Tree depots. They have been permanently closed so trees can not be dropped off at the former tree depot locations.
There are 3 options for composting your tree:
- Use the home pick-up service, if available to you.
- The City’s four EnviroDepots will be open to accept trees, however some EnviroDepots operate on a limited winter schedule at this time of year, so residents are advised to check the City’s website for these details.
- Keep your tree in your backyard until the Spring green week collection schedule in March/April.
It is important to prepare your tree for composting:
- Remove all decorations.
- Remove plastic bags. Trees in plastic bags will not be collected at the curbside.
- For curbside collection, have the tree at the curb by 7 a.m., on level ground, and free of ice and snow.
Waste reduction and environmentally friendly alternatives are part of London’s strategic plan. Residents looking for more information about this program can find it at: www.london.ca/reduceyourwaste.