If you chose a real tree to celebrate the season, you made the best choice environmentally. Learn why in the City Guide article Real or Artificial Tree: Which is Better?
Give your real tree new life. We mulch Christmas trees and use them in open spaces. Only natural, undecorated trees are acceptable – no artificial trees, decorations, tinsel, or other man-made objects. Do not bundle or tie the tree.
Large gravel lot off The Boulevard
From Wednesday Dec 27, 2023 – Sunday Jan 7, 2024 (Excluding Dec 31 and Jan 1)
340 East White Hills Road
Open Tuesdays to Saturdays, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. except statutory holidays.
Ever wonder what happens to your real Christmas tree after you bring it to our drop off sites?
Trees are chipped and used as mulch on shrub beds throughout Bowring Park, Bannerman Park, Mundy Pond Park and other open spaces in St. John’s. Using these mulch chips diverts useable waste from the landfill and offsets the purchase of mulch/
In the recent past we also made mulch chips available to residents, however the use of real Christmas trees has decreased substantially and we can no longer provide mulch chips to the community.
Currently about 3,500 real trees are brought to our drop off sites; when we were able to provide mulch chips to residents we were receiving between 12,000 and 15,000 real trees annually.
Today, the amount of chips collected from Christmas trees is approximately 40% of what our Parks division requires; another 20% comes from fallen trees, pruning material and brush and the remaining 40% must be purchased locally.