Christmas Trees

The County of Wellington provides annual natural Christmas tree collection. We offer three ways to recycle, but in all cases, please prepare your tree properly for recycling. Trees are taken to All Treat Farms in Arthur and the Riverstown Waste Facility and ground into mulch.

Tree Preparation

Remove all decorations, wire, plastic bags, stands and lights.

Ways to recycle

 Drop-off at Waste Facilities

All County waste facilities will accept Christmas trees at no charge from December 27 to January 31 during regular site hours. Staff will direct you to a specific bin for Christmas trees only. Trees are taken to the Riverstown Landfill and ground into mulch.

Food bank donations are gratefully accepted.

 Urban Curbside Collection 

Christmas trees will be picked up on your regular collection day during the week of January 8, 2019 in urban curbside collection areas only. 

Please lay your prepared tree at the curb by 7:00 am with your regular garbage and recycling.

If you are not sure if you are in an urban curbside collection area, please contact Solid Waste Services.

 Kinsmen Club Collection 

Kinsmen Clubs collect Christmas trees at the curb in exchange for food bank donations on one day only in the following areas:

Saturday, January 5 2019

  • Drayton
  • Moorefield
  • Elora
  • Fergus
  • Salem

Trees should be set at the curb by 9:00 am. Food bank donations should be attached to the base of the tree for the Kinsmen Club collection. 


Food bank donations are gratefully accepted by the Kinsmen Club and by County waste facilities when you recycle your tree.

 Popular food bank requests
  • canned vegetables, fruit, chili, stew, soup, meat or fish
  • rice, pasta and sauce, dried side dishes (Hamburger Helper, Sidekicks, etc.)
  • peanut butter and jam
  • children's lunch snacks
  • cereal and oatmeal
  • baby supplies, such as formula, diapers (sizes 3 to 6), baby food (no outdated please)
  • cookies, crackers and microwave popcorn
  • baking supplies
  • juice (canned and drink boxes), skim milk powder, coffee and tea
  • condiments
  • toiletries, such as shaving razors, shampoo, conditioner, feminine hygiene products, deodorant, adult Depends, toothbrushes, soap, etc.
  • toilet paper, paper towels and tissue paper
  • cleaning supplies
  • large and small sandwich bags

Please watch expiry dates. Food products past expiry are discarded. Thank you

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