Sure, Christmas is only a day old but if you're already thinking it's time to heave the tree, the City of Winnipeg will open its recycling depots starting on Friday

People can take their real trees to one of the 11 Let’s Chip In depots between Dec. 27, 2013, and January 20, 2014. Just remember — it can only be the tree.

All tinsel, decorations, plastic bags, and tree stands need to be removed.

The trees will be turned into a woodchips, which will be available free to anyone, starting in early January (while quantities last), at those same 11 depots.

Anyone who places their trees beside their recycling or garbage carts will have to get used to keeping that old fir friend around for a while. The city will not collect them.

Real trees can also be dropped off for recycling at the Brady landfill, 1901 Brady Road, during regular operating hours. Wood chips will not be available at this location.

Winnipeg residents recycled 14,500 trees last season.

Let’s Chip In depots

Charleswood Centre
24-hour access
3900 Grant Ave (southwest corner of the Safeway parking lot along Haney Street, access off Haney Street)

Fire Station No. 17
7 a.m. to 10 p.m.
1501 Church Avenue at Sheppard Street

Kilcona Park
7:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Lagimodiere Boulevard and McIvor Avenue (In the off-leash dog park parking lot)

Kildonan Park
7 a.m. to 10 p.m.
2015 Main Street (Rainbow Stage parking lot)

King's Park
8 a.m. 10 p.m.
198 King's Drive (South parking lot)

St. James Civic Centre
24-hour access
2055 Ness Avenue (northwest corner parking lot)

St. Vital Park
8 a.m. to 10 p.m.
190 River Road (south parking lot)

24-hour access
Chrislind Street at Ravelston Avenue

Vimy Arena
24-hour access
255 Hamilton Avenue at Vimy Road

Whittier Park
24-hour access
Northeast corner of Darveau Street and Tache Avenue (access from back lane)

Winnipeg Soccer Complex
24-hour access
900 Waverly Street at Victor Lewis Drive

** NOTE: The depots at Assiniboine Park Zoo and Pan Am Pool are permanently closed.