The holiday season is filled with decorations, parties and presents - and that often means a lot more waste. Reduce, reuse and recycle your holiday waste. It’s the best gift you can give to the planet.
Holiday Waste Reduction Ideas
Give Waste-free Gifts
Give experiences, like a day pass to an attraction, gift card to a restaurant or class at a local studio
Give your time and skills, like a night of babysitting, cooking lesson or home maintenance repair
Give subscriptions, like a membership to a streaming service or monthly delivery from a local business
Give consumables, like locally-roasted coffee, teas, soaps or treats
Make a donation to a local charity in a friend or family member’s name
Give pre-loved items, like toys and books
Give quality items that can be used again and again
Shop local to reduce packaging waste
Wrap Gifts Wisely
Wrap gifts with reusable materials, like a scarf, piece of cloth, gift box or gift bag
Choose paper gift wrap over foil wrap, since it can be recycled
Reuse old maps, posters and newspaper as gift wrap
Reuse the front of last year’s greeting cards as gift tags, then recycle them
Save gift bags, tissue paper, ribbons and bows to reuse next year
Make your own cloth gift bags to use for years to come
Decorate for Lasting Memories
Choose quality decorations that will last many seasons
Buy pre-loved decorations at local non-profit and thrift stores
Donate unwanted holiday items to the Reuse Centre or a local non-profit organization
Curbside collection of natural Christmas trees runs from January 22 - February 16, 2024.
We only visit each neighbourhood once and not necessarily on your regular collection day. To avoid getting missed, make sure your tree is out by 7am on January 22 and we will collect it within the next 4 weeks.
In preparation for pick-up:
Please do not bag your tree. It should be placed loosely, next to your garbage and recycling bins.
Remove all lights, ornaments, tinsel, garlands, nails, screws and tree stands. This allows us to chip and compost your tree.
Cut trees larger than 2 metres (6.5 feet) into smaller pieces. This keeps your collector safe.
Missed your neighbourhood’s tree collection day? Live in a condo or apartment? You can drop off your tree at any Eco Station any time during regular operating hours.
Artificial Christmas Trees
No longer need your artificial tree? Donate it to a local charity, second-hand store or the Reuse Centre.