The Regional Municipality of Durham

Public Service Announcement

Convenient annual collection of natural Christmas trees

WHITBY, ON December 21, 2016

Durham residents are reminded that natural Christmas tree collection will be offered after the holiday season.


Ajax and Pickering residents’ Christmas tree collection will occur on regular collection days during the weeks of Jan. 9 and Jan. 16. Brock, Scugog, Uxbridge and Clarington residents’ Christmas tree collection will occur on Monday, Jan. 9 and Monday, Jan. 16 only. Unfavorable weather conditions may delay collection—please leave trees out for collection on your scheduled date. Residents are encouraged to sign up for collection alerts on the Durham Region Waste App.

Oshawa and Whitby residents should refer to their municipal waste collection calendar for scheduled collection dates, or call their local municipality.


Natural Christmas trees are shredded into wood chips and turned into mulch. Natural trees are grown as crops, eventually composting back into environment—unlike artificial trees, which end up discarded in the waste stream. Last year, approximately 376 tonnes of natural Christmas trees were collected.


Please note the following set-out specifications:

Residents who miss their collection date may also drop off trees at any of Durham’s Waste Management Facilities during regular hours of operation (disposal fees will apply). For more information, visit, email, call 1-800-667-5671 or download the Durham Region Waste App.

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For more information, please contact Corporate Communications.