Published on December 22, 2021

Give Your Live Christmas Tree a Second Lease on Life!

This year, once the gifts have been unwrapped, your belly is stuffed and the decorations are on their way to storage, consider giving your real Christmas tree a renewed purpose. WILDNorth is a regional organization that cares for wildlife in need by helping injured or orphaned animals recover. Every year during the holiday season, the team at their Rehabilitation Centre in Parkland County accepts approximately 100 natural (live) Christmas trees as donations to enrich the wildlife enclosures for their sick patients.

If you have a tree to give, you can drop it off at their Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre any day of the week from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m., until January 8, 2022 (or until they run out of room). WILDNorth does ask that all decorations, plastics (including tree bags) or other hazards be removed before you drop it off, for the safety of the animals who will be using them. They also suggest you check in with them before making the drive, to ensure they still have room to accept your tree in case they’ve run out of space.

If you don’t manage to get your tree out to WILDNorth this year, there are also a couple of ways you can properly dispose of it in the city, too. Curbside Christmas Tree Pick up and Drop Off will be happening once again this year, from January 10-21, 2022. Your pick-up dates depend on which zone you’re in, so make sure to check our website for the dates of your neighbourhood pick-up (the program is only available for households who receive curbside waste collection services from the City). If you leave your tree out for pick-up, be sure to follow the guidelines below, to ensure safe collection is possible:

  • Place your tree on the curb, clear of your carts and bags (at least one metre, or three feet, away from any obstacles).
  • Remove any plastic wrap or decorations before placing it out for pick-up.
  • Do not place your tree on top of, or in snowbanks.

If you miss your pick-up dates or want to dispose of your tree yourself, residents can also bring their trees to the Compost Depot on weekends (10 a.m. – 3 p.m.) from January 8 to 23, 2022.

The City of St. Albert wishes you a happy and safe holiday season!

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Last edited: December 22, 2021