Holiday Recycling Info 2021

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Update: Starting December 27, all collection and depot services for residential glass containers and foam packaging will return to normal. For more details, please visit

The holidays are a favourite time of year for many, including the RCBC team! We have compiled graphics, guides, and educational resources to help you have a greener holiday season: Tips on choosing between real and artificial Christmas trees, ideas for zero-waste gifts, information on recycling old Christmas lights, and much more!

2021-2022 BC Recycling Hotline Holiday Hours

  • December 24: 9:00am to 12:00pm
  • December 25 - Jan 3: CLOSED
  • Jan 4 and on: 9:00am to 4:00pm

Social Sharables: The 12 Days of #HolidayHaikus!

This year, RCBC is working to spreading the word of a Green Christmas through the 12 Days of Holiday Haikus. These poems are intended to help make your holiday season as eco-friendly and waste-free as possible. We invite you to write your own poems on reducing waste over the holidays and share them with us on social medias with the hashtag #HolidayHaikus!

(Click to enlarge each Holiday Haiku!)

Christmas Light Holiday Haiku   Christmas Tree Holiday Haiku   Christmas Decor Holiday Haiku 
Gifts of Charity Holiday Haiku Reuse gift boxes holiday haiku

Zero waste Dinner Holiday Haiku

Lifetime of Use Make Less Wrap is Gift
 Earth Break  Best Memories  Zero Waste Challenge


 Below you'll find tips for holiday waste reduction, ideas for ecofriendly gifts wraps, information on buying the right Christmas tree, and much more!

Christmas Light Recycling Guide

Have a pile of burned-out holiday lights? RCBC's light recycling guide can help you recycle old strings, choose new ones, and offer important safety tips for a bright holiday season!

The Christmas Lights Guide (VIEW | DOWNLOAD)

The Great Christmas Tree Debate Fake or Real
Still mulling over whether to go real or artificial for this year’s Christmas tree? RCBC has the scoop in helping you make the most eco-friendly choice. 

Real Or Artificial? The Great Christmas Tree Debate (VIEW | DOWNLOAD)

Live Christmas Tree Care Guide
Buying a living Christmas tree is a popular choice for green consumers, but each tree is unique and requires special care. RCBC's here to provide you with tips to ensure your tree stays in tip-top shape throughout the holidays and beyond!

The Live Christmas Tree Care Guide (VIEW | DOWNLOAD)

Green Holiday Gift Giving Guide
Stumped for holiday gift ideas? Check out RCBC's Green Giving Guide for great environmentally-friendly presents that value waste reduction while catering to specific tastes!

The Holiday Green Gift Giving Guide (VIEW | DOWNLOAD)

Green Christmas Gift Wrap Guide
Tape and ribbons and glittery gift wrap can be a huge part of holiday waste. Here are some green alternatives that will keep your presents looking festive without adding to the landfill!

The Green Gift Wrap Guide (VIEW | DOWNLOAD)

Holiday Zero Waste Dinner Guide
Planning the next family feast? Check out the Zero Waste Dinner guide for tips on how to plan better, reduce holiday food waste, and get creative with leftovers!

The Holiday Zero Waste Dinner Guide (VIEW | DOWNLOAD)

2021-2022 Tree Chipping Events by Regional District

Wondering what to do with your real tree after the holidays? Check out what collection or drop-off options exist in your area and when they take place!

1. Alberni-Clayoquot 10. Cowichan Valley  19. North Coast 
2. Bulkley-Nechako  11. East Kootenay 20. Northern Okanagan 
3. Capital  12. Fraser Valley  21. Northern Rockies
4. Cariboo 13. Fraser-Fort George  22. Okanagan-Similkameen
5. Central Coast  14. Metro Vancouver 23. Peace River
6. Central Kootenay  15. Kitimat-Stikine 24. qathet
7. Central Okanagan 16. Kootenay-Boundary   25. Squamish-Lillooet 
8. Columbia-Shuswap  17. Mount Waddington   26. Sunshine Coast 
9. Comox Valley  18. Nanaimo 27. Thompson-Nicola 

Not sure which regional district you're in? Download the whole list and search for your area. 

For more recycling info during the holidays, check out the Recyclepedia at

The Recyclepedia allows you to search drop-off sites for common household recyclables including paint, tires, computers, televisions and batteries to name a few!