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Another Christmas season has come and gone.

Depending on when you like to pack up your decorations and take the tree down, you may be trying to figure out where you can get this year’s tree chipped!

Before recycling, don’t forget to remove all screws, nails, lights and ornaments from the tree. These items may be potentially hazardous if passed through chipping equipment.

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When you are ready to wrap up your holiday celebrations, here are 35 places to get your Christmas tree chipped in and around Victoria:

Central Saanich Lions Club 

Donate during operating hours, or a donation box will be provided for after hours drop offs.

  • Where: 1700 Keating Cross Road, across from Municipal Works Yard
  • When: 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., December 28th, January 2nd, 3rd, 7th, and 8th

The Easter Seals Christmas Tree Recycling Fundraiser

This holiday, donate your tree and also support Easter Seals Camp Shawnigan, an overnight and day summer camp program for children and adults with disabilities.

You can drop off your tree with a cash donation to Tillicum Shopping Centre, Save-On-Foods (Fort & Foul Bay), Westshore Town Centre, University Heights Shopping Centre and Broadmead Village Shopping Centre. There are also drop off locations in Mill Bay, Shawnigan Lake and Duncan.

Pick up is also available for the Greater Victoria area for a minimum $20 donation. Registration is on a first come, first serve basis. You can register here by December 30th.

  • Where: 4 locations throughout Victoria and 3 locations in the Cowichan Valley. You can view a list of locations here
    • Victoria area:

      • Tillicum Shopping Centre
      • Save-On-Foods – Fort & Foul Bay
      • Westshore Town Centre
      • Broadmead Village Shopping Centre
  • When: January 7th and 8th, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

McKenzie Elementary School

McKenzie Elementary School and Bartlett Tree Excerpts are teaming up for their annual Christmas Tree Chipping Fundraiser.

The event runs by donation, with proceeds going to the creation of Outdoor Learning Spaces.

Tree pick up is also available within 3km, please email tracylee16@hotmail.com by January 2nd to arrange.

  • Where: Back parking lot of McKenzie Elementary School, 4005 Raymond Street North
  • When: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., January 7th and 8th

Colwood Volunteer Firefighters Association

By donation. Proceeds go to the Colwood Volunteer Firefighters Historical Fund.

  • Where: Colwood Fire Hall, 3215 Metchosin Road
  • When: 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., January 7th and 8th

Compassionate Resource Warehouse 

By donation. Proceeds go to youth programming and community.

  • Where: Archie Browning Sports Centre Parking Lot, 1151 Esquimalt Road
  • When: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., January 7th and 8th

Oak Bay Fire Tree Recycle 

By donation. Proceeds go towards the Oak Bay High School Bursary Program.

  • Where: 1703 Monterey Avenue, Fireman’s Park (behind the Fire Hall)
  • When: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., January 7th and 8th
  • Castaway Wanderers Rugby Club 

    By donation. Trees will be chipped by Bartlett Tree Services.

  • Where: Currie Road next to the Windsor Park Rose Garden
  • When:
    • 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., on December 31st
    • 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., January 1st and 2nd, January 7th and 8th, and January 14th

Community Living Victoria 

By Donation to Community Living Victoria.

  • Where: 3861 Cedar Hill Cross Rd
  • When: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., January 7th and 8th

Victoria Judo Club – Lochside Elementary School

By donation. Proceeds will support youth and community athletics. Garden City Tree and Landscape will be doing the chipping.

  • Where: Lochside Elementary School, 1145 Royal Oak Drive
  • When: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., January 8th

Victoria Judo Club – Scout House

By donation. Bottle collection as well. Proceeds will support youth and community athletics. Garden City Tree and Landscape will be doing the chipping.

  • Where: Scout House – 505 Marigold Road
  • When: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., January 7th and 8th

Reynolds Secondary School 

Raising funds for its music program with their annual tree chipping fundraiser. By donation. The music program also hosts a bottle drive Jan. 7.

  • Where: 3963 Borden Street, Reynolds School parking lot
  • When: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., January 7th and 8th

Juan De Fuca Search and Rescue 

By donation. Proceeds will go to search and rescue volunteers. Legendary Tree Services will be donating their tree chipping services.

  • Where: 1210 Childlow Connector (Slegg Lumber)
  • When: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., January 7th

Ellice Recycle Ltd. 

$16.50 + tax per tree.

  • Where: 524 David Street yard
  • When:
    • 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday to Friday,
    • 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday and Sunday

Claremont Key Club 

By donation ($10/tree recommended), proceeds will go toward the club’s charitable donations.

  • Where: 4980 Wesley Road, Claremont Secondary School (student parking lot off Claremont Ave)
  • When: 
    • 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., January 7th
    • 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., January 8th

Central Middle School – Central Music Parents Association 

By donation. Proceeds are used to support music at Central Middle School.

  • Where: 1280 Fort Street, École Intermédiaire Central Middle School
  • When: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., January 7th and 8th

Knights of Columbus 

Fundraising event. By donation.

  • Where: St. Joseph the Worker Parish, 753 Burnside Road West
  • When: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., January 7th

Sidney Lions Club

By donation. Stay in your car, they will grab the tree. A bottle drive will also be held between 10 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. on Saturday.

  • Where: Overflow parking lot of Iroquois Park on Ocean Ave
  • When: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., January 7th and 8th

Hartland Landfill

Christmas Trees accepted. Yard and garden material (less than 3″dia) – $59/tonne, $10 minimum. Branches and stumps (greater than 3″ dia) – $110/tonne, $10 minimum

  • Where: 1 Hartland Avenue
  • When: 
    • 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday to Friday
    • 7 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday –  closed Sundays and Stat Holidays

Greater Victoria BC Lions Society

Chip in for the Kids Tree Pick-up Service. Register for pick up online before December 31st. Minimum $20 donation for Easter Seals programs.

Victoria Gizeh Shrine Clown Unit

Funds raised will go to the Montreal Shriner Children’s Hospital.

  • Where: Canadian Tire parking lot on Admirals Road
  • When: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., January 7th and 8th

Oaklands Elementary School – PAC

Suggested minimum donation of $10 per tree.  All funds raised will support school projects funded by PAC. In the Oaklands Elementary parking lot.

  • Where: 2827 Belmont Avenue, In the Oaklands Elementary parking lot
  • When: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., January 7th

Sidney Elementary PAC

The Sidney PAC is hosting a Christmas tree chipping by donation. Get rid of your Christmas tree and your holiday bottles for a great cause. Proceeds will to pay for the Reflex Math Program used at Sidney Elementary.

  • Where: 2281 Henry Avenue, Sidney Elementary parking lot
  • When: 
    • 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., January 7th
    • 8 a.m. to 9 a.m., January 8th

St Patrick’s Elementary School

By donation to support the services of the PAC.

  • Where:2368 Trent Street
  • When: 
    • 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., January 7th and January 8th

Municipal Yard Waste Depots: 

Contact municipalities directly regarding hours of operation, restrictions and charges before drop-off. Click here for more details.

Colwood Public Works Yard

  • Where: 3300 Wishart Road
  • When: 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the first and third Saturday of each month (December, January and February)

Esquimalt/View Royal Yard & Garden Waste Transfer Station

  • Where: 605 Canteen Road
  • When: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m Tuesday to Sunday – excluding stat holidays

North Saanich Public Works Yard

  • Where: 10180 Littlewood Road
  • When: 8 a.m. to noon on specific days, click here for dates

Saanich Public Works Yard

  • Where: 1040 McKenzie Avenue
  • When: click here for operating times

Victoria Public Works Yard

  • Where: 417 Garbally Road
  • When: 7 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturdays excluding stat holidays

 

Do you know of another tree chipping event or fundraiser in your area? Send us an email to tips@victoriabuzz.com to be included on our list! Make sure to include Tree Chipping in your subject line.

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