How to dispose of your Christmas tree in Kingston, 2018

Photo by Erin Walker.

If you’ve decorated a real Christmas tree this year, you may be wondering what to do with it once all the decorations have been taken down and put away.

Christmas trees will not be picked up at the curbside by the city of Kingston. Instead, they must be taken to the Kingston Area Recycling Centre at 196 Lappans Lane.  Their hours of business during the holidays can be found in our summary of what’s open and closed during Christmas and New Years, 2018.

If you’re able to drop off your Christmas tree, you may also want to consider delivering it to one of several local wildlife centres, who will use it to feed goats and other rescued animals. Sandy Pines Wildlife Centre in Napanee and Happy Trails Farm Sanctuary in Harrowsmith will both accept clean, tinsel-free pine trees.

If you’d like to save yourself a trip and also help out a local worthwhile cause, you can call on the Kingston Canadians Midget AA team, which will be doing their annual Christmas tree pickup and disposal again this year.

For only $10, they will pick up your tree at your home and bring it to the city’s recycling centre for composting. All proceeds go to supporting the team’s activities throughout the coming year. To schedule a Christmas tree pick-up, you can email [email protected]. Pickups will occur either December 29th or January 5th.

Lastly, if you need to have your tree picked up but neither of these dates work for you, you can also ask Nic Case to pick it up at a more convenient day and time. Nic is a part-time Queen’s University student who is hoping to earn enough money to pay for full-time studies in the fall. He charges $10-$15 per tree, depending on whether the tree has been placed outside the house or if it remains inside. Nic can be reached via his Facebook page, via cellphone at 613-449-6429, or via email at [email protected].

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