The Regional Municipality of Durham

Public Service Announcement

Convenient curbside collection of natural Christmas trees

WHITBY, ON December 15, 2015

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


Ajax and Pickering residents’ Christmas tree collection will occur on regular collection days between Jan. 5 and 15. Brock, Scugog, Uxbridge and Clarington residents’ Christmas tree collection will occur on the following dates only: Monday, Jan. 4 and Monday, Jan. 11. Unfavorable weather conditions may delay collection—please leave trees at the curb and they will be collected.

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


Natural trees are shredded into wood chips and turned into mulch. Real trees are grown as crops and are composted back into the environment, unlike artificial trees, which end up discarded in the waste stream.


Please note the following set-out specifications:

• Trees must have tinsel, decorations, wire, plastic bags, lights and stands removed.
• Trees must be set out by 7 a.m. on your collection day, but no earlier than 7 p.m. the evening before your collection day.
• Trees in plastic bags will not be collected.
• There is no limit to the number of trees collected per household.
• Trees exceeding three metres (10 feet) must be cut in half for collection.
• Please ensure trees are not buried in snow or frozen to the ground.

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

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For more information, please contact Corporate Communications.