If you have a real tree for Christmas, the question is always, "What do I do with my old Christmas tree?"

It's important that you dispose of the tree following local guidelines, as most communities have their own services for pick up or disposal.

Here is a list of tree disposal for some communities in Central Alberta:

Sylvan Lake

Place your live  Christmas tree  for pick-up where your garbage is normally collected by 8:00 AM on Jan 2. It may take up to 10 days to collect. Remove all tinsel, lights, decorations, tree stands, and plastic bags from your tree before placing out


The operations department makes one pass down each back alley to collect compostable Christmas trees. 

If there is no back alley, residents are asked to place their compostable Christmas trees at the front of their property near the curb. 

All collected Christmas trees are put in the compost pile at the Waste Transfer Station. Residents can also take their compostable trees to the Waste Transfer Station to be composted free of charge

Red Deer

Starting on January 12th The Red Deer Fire Department will pick up registered trees with a donation.

  1. Make a donation to our charity at reddeerfirefighterschildrenscharity.com
  2. Provide an address in the message part of your donation for us to pick up your tree
  3. Place your tree outside on your front lawn by January 12th

You can give your tree a great new purpose in City parks spaces! You can drop your undecorated tree off at one of the locations below and the Parks and Public Works teams will collect it and then mulch it up for use in parks and trail spaces.

  • Timberstone: West side of Timberstone Way at Teasdale Drive
  • Davenport: Southeast corner of Davenport Neighbourhood Park off Dempsey Street
  • Eastview: Southeast corner of Eastview Neighbourhood Park (south of Community Hall) along Ellenwood Drive
  • Vanier: East side of Viscount Drive south of walking trail crossing (near powerline)
  • Ironstone: Southeast corner Ironstone Neighbourhood Park on Inglewood Drive south of Ironstone Drive
  • Bower: Barrett Drive between Boyce Street and Bannerman Close (near powerline)
  • West Park: Southeast corner of 60 Avenue and 43 Street (in green space)
  • Oriole Park: Overdown Drive north of Ohio Close
  • Normandeau: 71/Niven Street north side near Nance Avenue and 52 Avenue
  • Kentwood: Kendrew Drive across from Kent Street

Red Deer County

Christmas trees can be disposed of at any of Red Deer County’s Waste Transfer Facilities: Yankee Flats, Gaetz Creek and Horn Hill.


Residential pick up will start week of January 8th. Place your trees curbside out with curbside. This service is provided free of charge but may take up to a week for your tree to be collected. You can also dispose of your trees at the Innisfail Waste Transfer site which is open on Wednesdays and Saturdays from 9:00 am to 7:00 pm.


From December 27th to January 31st, drop off your tree at the Stettler Transfer Site or the 51 Ave. & 57 Street Compost Bin Location. Town Public Works staff with chip the trees for mulch.

Please remove all decorations and tinsel.