The City of Airdrie's Recycling Depot has been getting into the holiday spirit for a few years by decorating their building with Christmas decorations, made out of recycled material.

Shelley Anderson Slevinsky, the City's Waste and Recycling Operations Coordinator said the goal is to promote upcycling material into Christmas decorations.

"Not only does it engage the residents and the operations staff about the benefits of recycling, but it also helps educate the residents on popular Christmas items that we can and can't recycle here at the depot."

Recycle depotAll the items in this display are made from recycled materials.

Some of the items that are featured at the depot are a styrofoam gingerbread house, a cardboard Christmas tree and bike rims that have been upcycled into snowmen and trees.

idkStyrofoam gingerbread house with Christmas trees made out of paper and recycled jeans.

Seeing these different creative ideas, Slevinsky mentioned she thinks it gets Airdronians excited and makes them perhaps want to go home and try to make these items at home as well as upcycling rather than recycling.

When asked about the team that builds these items, Slevinsky is proud of them all.

"I think it really creates that team building with all of us and we've kept some items from last year and then this year we created some new upcycled items. I think every year from now we'll just kind of build on more items."

According to Slevinsky some residents have really enjoyed their setup and have taken some pictures.

With Christmas just around the corner, some of the Christmas items the depot does not allow include:

  • Ribbons
  • Tinsel
  • Shiny wrapping paper
  • Fake Christmas trees

Some Christmas items that are allowed include:

  • Regular wrapping paper
  • cardboard
  • Clean white tape-free styrofoam
  • Real Christmas trees with all the decorations off from December 28 until January 29
idkChristmas trees made out of pop cans, cardboard, books and a candle made out of out water bottles and Christmas lights.


idkNativity scene made out of styrofoam.

If you are looking to clean up your recycling after the Christmas celebrations their holiday hours of operation are as follows: 

Dec 24, 2022:

9 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Dec 25, 2022:


Dec 26, 2022:


Dec 27, 2022:


Dec 28, 2022:

9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Dec 29, 2022:

9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Dec 30, 2022:

9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Dec 31, 2022:

9 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Jan 1, 2023:


Jan 2, 2023:


Jan 3, 2023:


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