Christmas trees are accepted at the Ottawa Valley Waste Recovery Centre for drop-off at no charge during the month of January from residents in partner Municipalities (Petawawa, Pembroke, Laurentian Valley & North Algona Wilberforce).
Curbside collection of Christmas Trees happens in Petawawa, Pembroke & Laurentian Valley:
- Christmas trees are collected in Petawawa and Laurentian Valley during the week of January 7th on your REGULAR COLLECTION DAY.
- Christmas trees will be collected in the City of Pembroke on January 7th for residents with Monday collection and on January 8th for residents with Tuesday and Wednesday collection (weather permitting – if significant snowstorm, collection will be rescheduled – Check the City of Pembroke website for any changes).
- Christmas trees are collected separately from all other material.
- Trees must be free from all lights and decorations.
- Artificial trees or trees in plastic bags will not be collected.
- Do not place Christmas tree in your green cart.
Christmas trees that are collected curbside in Petawawa, Pembroke and Laurentian Valley are delivered to the Ottawa Valley Waste Recovery Centre where they are turned into wood chips. This material is then used in the composting process at the Centre or sold as landscaping mulch.
Residents are reminded to not place Christmas trees on top of or in a snow bank. Mark Behm, Public Works Manager for the Township of Laurentian Valley explains why. “Trees can become frozen in the snowbank and collection contractors who are trying to remove them may get injured. It also impedes snow removal.”