The City of Montreal has begun its annual curbside pickup of discarded natural Christmas trees.
The city says that every year, more than 25,000 trees avoid the landfill and are turned into wood chips to be used for energy recovery.
Discarded trees must be stripped of all decorations, including hooks and tinsel, to ensure workers’ safety during the shredding process. Trees can be placed on the curb between 7 p.m. and 7 a.m. on the day of collection.
Officials ask that trees do not impede sidewalks or snow removal work. Furthermore, trees should not be wrapped in plastic, nor should they be planted in the snow in order to help workers differentiate between healthy trees and those requiring disposal.
Pickup times and dates vary by borough:
- Ahuntsic-Cartierville: Wednesdays, Jan. 23 and 30
- Anjou: Wednesdays, Jan. 9 and 16
- Côte-des-Neiges–Notre-Dame-de-Grâce: Wednesdays, Jan. 9 and 16
- Lachine: Wednesdays, Jan. 2, 9, 16 and 23
- LaSalle: Wednesdays, Jan. 9 and 16
- Le Plateau-Mont-Royal: Wednesdays, Jan. 9, 16 and 23
- Le Sud-Ouest: Every day between Jan. 2 and 16
- L’Île-Bizard–Sainte-Geneviève: Wednesdays, Jan. 9 and 16
- Mercier–Hochelaga-Maisonneuve: Wednesdays, Jan. 2, 9 and 16
- Montréal-Nord: Wednesdays, Jan. 2 and 9
- Outremont: Mondays, Jan. 7 and 21
- Pierrefonds-Roxboro: Wednesdays, Jan. 9 and 16
- Rivière-des-Prairies-Pointe-aux-Trembles: Wednesday, Jan. 9
- Rosemont–La Petite-Patrie: Wednesdays, Jan. 9, 16 and 23
- Saint-Laurent: According to the organic waste collection schedule in January and February
- Saint-Léonard: Mondays, Jan. 7 and 14
- Verdun: Every day in January between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m.
- Ville-Marie: Wednesdays, Jan. 2, 9 and 16
- Villeray–Saint-Michel–Parc-Extension: Wednesdays, Jan. 2, 9 and 16
Residents can also drop off their trees at any of the city’s seven eco-centres.
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