Where and How to Recycle or Dispose of Christmas Trees in Washington State in January 2018
In many urban and suburban areas, Christmas trees are collected from curbside during the first 2 weeks in January. Be sure to remove all
remove all lights, wire, tinsel, ornaments, nails, stands, other
NON-Organic decorative materials and other materials that are not part
of the original tree. This includes tree stands also. Flocked trees are usually accepted, but not artificial trees. Large trees (larger
than the standard 6 - 7 ft tree) may need to be cut in half to
be acceptable by your
garbage hauler. But scrroll down this page for more specific
information and local links.
What happens to the trees? In most cases, the trees are chipped and made into a mulch
which is usually made available, free to city or county residents.
Important: Never burn your Christmas tree in a fireplace or wood stove.
Burning the tree may contribute to creosote buildup and could cause a
Tips: Always follow the links (usually the name of the city or county) below for updated information, as these agencies often wait until the last minute to change dates or
update their information (it's government, remember?). If your area is
not specifically mentioned below, contact your trash collection agency and inquire!
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Washington State: Where and How to Recycle Your Christmas Tree After the Holidays
- Residents can compost Christmas trees and other holiday greens free
of charge. each collection day.
At the Curb:
Food and yard waste subscribers can put trees and greens out on
their regular collection day. Cut trees into sections, six feet long
or shorter, with branches trimmed to less than four feet to fit into
the collection trucks. Place on the curb next to your food and
yard waste cart on your regular collection day. Here are the
Trees must be trimmed to 6-feet or shorter
branches to less than 4-feet to fit into the collection trucks
Bundle each section with string or twine (not plastic or nylon)
Remove any metal, lights, ornaments, or other decorative objects
Flocked and plastic trees or wreaths aren't recyclable and will be
charged as extra garbage.
At apartments: One tree may be placed next to
each food and yard waste cart at no extra charge each collection
At transfer stations: Clean Christmas trees
are accepted for free. After January 31st, regular
fees apply (see hours and locations). Trees must be less than 8-feet
tall, Trunks can't be more than 4-inches in diameter, Remove any
metal, lights, ornaments, or other decorative objects. Limit 3 trees
Click here for locations, updated information and more details.
- Christmas Tree Recycling Event: 2nd week in January. At your curbside or alley (where your
garbage is collected). Residential and multifamily residents who
are serviced by Waste Management or Republic Services for
garbage and who live within the Auburn city limits can recycle
their live Christmas tree and organic wreaths for FREE.
Businesses are not eligible for this collection event. If you
live outside the city limits (Auburn unincorporated King
County), contact your garbage and recycling hauler for Christmas
tree recycling information.
Single-family, duplex and mobile home park
residents: Place tree and wreath out for collection on your
GARBAGE DAY by 6:00 AM.
Multifamily residents: Property
owner/manager must call Waste Management, 800-592-9995 to
schedule the date and place of collection on the property.
REPUBLIC SERVICES CUSTOMERS:
Single-family, duplex and mobile
home park residents: Place tree and wreath out for collection on
your GARBAGE DAY by 6:00 AM.
Multifamily residents: Property
owner/manager must call Republic Services, 206-682-9735 to
schedule the date and place of collection on the property.
Trees must be cut into 3 foot lengths or
Tree trunks should be no wider than 4" in diameter
and weigh no more than 65 pounds each piece.
garland, tinsel and ornaments.
No flocked trees, artificial
trees or other yard debris will be accepted.
service not required to participate.
Limit 1 tree per
or call 253-931-3038, option
Holiday Light Recycling: Don't throw
away those holiday lights! Recycle them from early December through
View a list of participating schools and businesses (PDF)
Accepted: ALL types of non-working, working, broken & unwanted
holiday light strands and extension cords.
- Easy ways to recycle your
Christmas tree: If you're wondering how to dispose of the
Christmas tree after the holidays, the Bellevue Utilities
Department has the answers. Please do not dump Christmas trees
in or near streams, as they can block water flow and cause
flooding. Residents with yard debris service can put Christmas
trees at the curb for pickup on their regular collection day:
Trees must be free of all tinsel, ornaments and metal hangers to
be accepted. Cut the tree into four-foot lengths or less and tie
into bundles less than two-feet wide. Use biodegradable string
or twine -- no nylon, plastic or other synthetic materials. Set
the cut-up tree next to your yard debris cart.
(with tinsel, ornaments, etc.) should be cut up and put in
garbage. If you have questions, please call Allied Waste at
There are other options for disposal of your
Pacific Topsoils, 1733 127th Ave. NE, will accept
trees. There is a $3 fee per tree. Call 800-884-7645 for
Boy Scout Troop 600 will collect trees from the area
between Lake Washington and I-405 and from I-90 north to 520, plus Yarrow Point, Hunts Point and Evergreen Point. Or you can
take your tree to Clyde Hill Elementary from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Sunday, Jan. 7. A $10 donation is requested for pickup or drop
off. Call 206-748-1656 to schedule a pickup.
Boy Scout Troop
662 will collect trees on Sunday, December 31 and Saturday, Jan. 6
in Bellevue: north of I-90 (areas east of I-405) and south of
I-90 (all areas). To schedule a pickup, send an e-mail to Troop
662 Tree Pickup. Include a contact name, phone number and
address, with unit number if it's an apartment. A $10 donation
is requested. Details about when tree will be picked up and
preparation will be e-mailed.
Clark County, WA
- The following options are available
for recycling Christmas trees:
Collection: Clark County, Vancouver, Ridgefield, Camas,
Battle Ground, Yacolt, and Washougal yard debris curbside recycling
customers may set out tree (5 feet or less) in or next to their yard
debris cart on regular yard debris collection day. The yard debris
cart should be placed next to the tree. If tree is in addition to
the 96-gallon limit of yard debris, a fee of $2.67 to $3.25 will be
charged depending on your collection area. Before recycling, remove
all lights, wire, tinsel, ornaments and other materials that are not
a part of the original tree. Wreaths and swags can also be recycled,
but take them off of the frames and wires.
Drop off: Or take your tree to:
Central Transfer and Recycling Center, 11034 NE 117th Avenue
Vancouver WA. (360) 256-8482. $1 each (limit three trees).
Bark, 2419 NE Andresen Road Vancouver, WA . (360) 253-8461. No
H&H Wood Recyclers, 8401 NE 117th Avenue, Vancouver, WA.
(360) 892-2805. $1 each.
McFarlane's Bark, 8806 NE 117th Avenue,
Vancouver, WA. (360) 892-6125. $3 each.
Triangle Resources, 612
SE Union, Camas, WA. (360) 834-7253. $2 each.
Station, 4020 South Grant St., Washougal, WA. (360) 835-2500. $1
each (limit three trees).
West Van Materials Recovery Center,
6601 NW Old Lower River Road, Vancouver, WA. (360)-737-1727. $1 each
(limit three trees).
For more information call Clark County
Environmental Services, Solid Waste Program, (360) 397-2121 ext.
4352. Note: If 10,000 trees were recycled we would save the weight
of a blue whale in waste from entering landfills.
King County, WA
has several options for recycling your Christmas tree. By recycling your Christmas tree, you'll give it a new life as wood chips or
compost! And, you'll help reduce greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to
. Curbside pickup and City-sponsored events:
your tree on the curb for collection with your regular yard
Select your city from the menu on this page to contact
your hauler for details
or to visit your City's website for
Private and public facilities:
the tree-cycling/yard waste recycling options listed on the
Do I Do With ?
Recycling Options flier
, 1.5 MB). It's never too late to explore alternatives to Christmas trees and
; consider turning your Christmas tree into
habitat with King County Parks and Swansons Nursery
. Call the King County Solid Waste Division Monday through Friday, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm, at 206-296-4466 or 1-800-325-6165 (toll-free), ext. 6-4466, TTY Relay: 711.:
: Place your tree on the curb for collection with your regular yard waste.
: Take your tree to your city's collection event.
: Take your tree to a private yard waste facility that accepts Christmas trees for recycling.
Tree-cycling fundraising event
: Make a donation to a local community group.
- Recycle your Christmas trees, holiday
lights and Styrofoam at the Central Transfer Station, 1411 S. Tower
Ave., Centralia, beginning Dec. 26, 2016 through Jan. 11, 2017; 10
a.m. to 4 p.m., Sunday-Friday, and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturdays.
Christmas Trees Please remove all decorations and tinsel from trees.
No flocked or artificial trees will be accepted. Flocked, artificial
or decorated trees may be disposed of at the transfer station where
regular fees will be charged ($10 minimum for 200 pounds or less).
Wreaths must be free of ribbon, wire and decorations. No trees or
wreaths from commercial operations will be accepted.
Styrofoam: Styrofoam dropped off during the special recycling days
must be clean, dry and free of all tape and labels. This event is
unable to accept foil-covered Styrofoam, spray-in Styrofoam,
Insta-Pak foam, blue or pink installation foam, hot tub covers or
Styrofoam peanuts. (Please find re-use opportunities for peanuts at
local shipping compies).
For more information on the Christmas
tree, holiday lights and Styrofoam recycling days, please go to the
link below, or call 360-740-1452, 360-740-1216 or 1-800-749-5980.
For more information download the flyer here
you can recycle your natural corks at the Central Transfer Station
or the East Lewis County Transfer Station, just ask a staff person
for directions.(Natural corks only No screw-top caps or plastic
Mercer Island, WA
- Offers Free Christmas Tree Recycling via one of the following options:
Tree Chipping: The City's annual holiday tree chipping service is offered through Monday, January 6 for MI Residents only. Undecorated holiday trees can be brought to the City Maintenance Shop at 9601 SE 36th Street during daylight
hours where staff will chip the tree and re-purpose it for use in
City parks, trails, and open spaces. For safety, leave your tree in
the designated location only. When dropping off your holiday tree
for chipping: Remove tree stands, Remove all ornaments and lights,
Deliver your tree only during daylight hours. Note: No flocked or
artificial trees will be accepted. Note: No garbage or other yard
waste will be accepted.
Tree Recycling: All curbside yard waste
customers can set holiday trees out on their regularly scheduled
collection day. Trees must be free of flocking, tinsel, ornaments,
and metal hangers, cut to 4-foot lengths, and tied into bundles less
than 2 feet by 3 feet. Use biodegradable string or twine to secure
bundles instead of nylon, plastic, or other synthetic materials.
(Note: Flocked trees are not recyclable and will not be accepted;
put flocked trees in the garbage.)
For more information, contact
the City's Maintenance Department at (206) 275-7608.
Pierce County, WA
- Residents who subscribe to yard waste
collection service can treecycle their unflocked Christmas tree
curbside. Other residents can recycle trees free of charge if they
self-haul to transfer stations in Pierce County
. Flocked trees
cannot be recycled and must be disposed of as garbage.
Your Christmas Tree: Pierce County residents who subscribe to yard
waste collection service can treecycle their unflocked Christmas
tree curbside. Other residents can recycle trees free of
charge if they self-haul to transfer stations in Pierce County.
Flocked trees cannot be recycled and must be disposed of as garbage.
The cities of Milton, Orting, Tacoma, Puyallup and Ruston have
special collection programs for households within their city limits.
Contact your city hall or local garbage hauler for more details.
How To Treecycle: Remove the tree stand, tinsel, decorations and any
nails or staples, Place the tree in your yard waste container for
pick up on your regularly scheduled collection day,
The tree must
fit into the closed container (you may have to cut the tree into
What Happens to the Trees Collected: All trees collected
become Cascade Compost,
a beneficial soil amendment that is popular
with home and commercial gardeners. Treecycling helps save
valuable landfill space, while the compost created enhances soil
quality, saves water and reduces reliance on chemical fertilizers.
- Renton residents can easily recycle holiday trees in one of the
following ways. Trees may be put out for weekly yard waste pickup by
first removing all hooks, ornaments, tinsel and stands. Branches and
trunk should be cut into lengths of four feet or less, and then
bundled with natural fiber or string. No artificial, fireproofed or
flocked trees will be accepted. More information on recycling your
holiday tree can be found at King County Solid Waste's tree
recycling site or by calling King County Solid Waste at
206-296-4466. For more information, call the City of Renton
Recycling Coordinator at 425-430-7396 or 425-430-7397.
Sammamish, WA and neighboring Issaquah Highlands
The Boy Scouts have a pick up servicve there! Click on the link at left.
a map of their coverage area here
. Scouts will be in your
neighborhood in Sammamish and Issaquah Highlands on Saturday January 7th
2017 to pickup your Christmas tree curbside in exchange for a donation. Please have your tree out
by the curb by 9am.
- January 2017 is the LAST year the City
is hosting its Christmas Tree Recycling Event before the new solid
waste contract begins March 1. Under the new contract, residents
will be able to put Christmas trees of a certain size and type
curbside for collection. Please remove all hooks, ornaments, tinsel,
and tree stands before bringing your tree to be recycled. Flocked,
artificial and garden trees, branches, wreaths, and swags will not
be accepted. If there is snow or ice on the road on event day, call
(206) 801-2450 for a recorded message of the event's status. If the
event is cancelled or you cannot make it to the event, other options
for disposal of holiday trees in Shoreline include:
If you have
Recology CleanScapes yard debris collection, recycle your tree
curbside. Cut your tree into 4 foot lengths, and place them next to
your yard debris container at the curb for collection at no cost. No
flocked, tinseled, or artificial trees are accepted; and trees
without a yard debris cart next to them will not be collected.
you have a flocked, tinseled or an artificial tree, and you have
Recology CleanScapes curbside garbage collection, cut it to fit
inside your garbage cart for free collection. If the tree is taller
than 4 feet, cut it into 4 ft. sections, and put them next to your
garbage cart for a collection cost of $4.56.
Recycle your tree
for a cost at the Shoreline Recycling and Transfer Station at 2300
N. 165 St. Please call (206) 477-4466 for information on rates.
Recycle your tree for a fee at Pacific Topsoils in North Seattle
(1212 N 107th St, Seattle) or Kenmore (7500 NE 175th St, Kenmore).
The City of Shoreline does not endorse or guarantee any services.
questions, contact Tina Kendall, Environmental Programs Assistant,
at (206) 801-2450 or
Spokane Valley, WA
- Let Troop 400 recycle your Christmas tree. Convenient,
Inexpensive, All proceeds support our Scout troop to pay for outdoor
activities, service projects, supplies, patches, leadership
training, and more. Please contact us if you would like more
information. $5 per tree if you drop it off* $10 per tree if we pick
it up at your home* (*minimum suggested donation). Sat & Sun, Dec 31
& Jan 1, 9am-3pm, Sat & Sun, January 7 & 8, 9am-3pm:
INSTRUCTIONS FOR $5 DROP OFF: 2016-2017 drop off is available at
Central Valley High School OR University High School
- Christmas Tree recycling: Many options
exist for recycling. In all cases, please remove tinsel, lights,
ornaments, wire, stands and other materials that are not part of the
Boy Scouts often do a curbside tree collection in early
January. Watch for a door-hanger providing event details.
Curbside yard debris subscribers can cut down their Christmas tree
to fit in their yard debris cart. If the cart is already full,
subscribers can place their Christmas tree alongside their cart and
have it collected as a yard debris extra for an additional fee
(approx. $3) in the City of Vancouver. Garbage collectors will pick
up flocked or artificial trees, up to 6 feet tall, for a fee of
$6.50 in the City of Vancouver. Rates vary in other parts of Clark
Christmas trees can also be recycled for a fee at the
transfer stations, H & H Wood Recyclers, City Bark and McFarlane's
Bark. Prices vary, but they are generally in the $1 to $5 range.
call before going to check hours or get answers to questions:
Recycling, 11034 N.E. 117th Ave., (360) 256-8482. $1 per tree, up to
City Bark, 2419 N.E. Andresen Road, (360) 253-8461.
H&H Wood Recyclers, 8401 N.E. 117th Ave., (360)
892-2805. $1 per tree.
McFarlane's Bark, 8806 N.E. 117th Ave.,
(360) 892-6125. $3 per tree.
Triangle Resources, 612 S.E. Union
St., Camas, (360) 834-7253. $2 per tree.
Station, 4020 S. Grant St., (360) 835-2500. $1 per tree, up to three
West Van Materials Center, 6601 N.W. Old Lower River Road,
(360) 737-1727. $1 per tree, up to three trees.
In addition to the
various options shown above, The new RecycleRight App for smart
phones and tablets is available for free through the Apple iTunes or
GooglePlay stores. To access it fast,
visit the City's
and click on your app store button. A web-version of the
Recycling A-Z wizard is also available there, making it easy for
everyone to use.
And a variety of nonprofit organizations work to
collect and recycle cut Christmas trees for a nominal fee.
For more information on the RecycleRight App, Christmas tree
recycling and other ways to reuse, reduce and recycle, call
360-619-4120 or visit
Broken, Tangled or Old Holiday Lights - Please
do not place them in your recycling cart; they will tangle on
sorting machinery at the recycling facility and create a hazard for
workers. Instead, recycle them at Earth Friendly Recycling, E H
Metal Recycling and at the Lacamas Lake Lowes. Spread cheer. Many
local thrift stores will accept lights that are in good condition.
See Recycling A-Z for more information.
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