How to Recycle or Dispose of Christmas TreesWhere and How to Recycle or Dispose of Christmas Trees in Thurston County, Washington State after Christmas in January 2021

How to Recycle or Dispose of Christmas Trees

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 chimney fire.

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 Grinding Christmas trees into mulchnot specifically mentioned below, contact your trash collection agency and inquire!

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Thurston County, Washington State: Where and How to Recycle Your Christmas Tree After the Holidays January 2021


  • Thurston County, WA - Questions? Call (360) 867-2491. Residents​ can have their Christmas Tree Recycled after the holiday season, free Christmas tree collection and drop-off opportunities are available county-wide. To prepare your tree for recycling, please remove all ornaments, lights, stands, nails, and tinsel prior to drop-off. Flocked trees are accepted.
    Drop-off: Trees are accepted at the Thurston County Waste and Recovery Center (WARC) from Saturday, December 26, to Sunday, January 10, 2021 (closed Friday, January 1). The WARC is open Monday to Friday from 7:00 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. and Saturday-Sunday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. 
    Thurston County Waste & Recovery Center
    2420 Hogum Bay Rd NE, Lacey, WA 98516
    Phone: (360) 786-5494.
  • City of Lacey residents: Local Boy Scouts will pick up trees within city limits on Saturday, January 2. Place trees curbside by 8:00 a.m. Donations are accepted online at or by mail to P.O. Box 5379, Lacey, WA 98509 c/o Boy Scout Troop 222 Tree Roundup. Call Lacey Public Affairs at 360-491-3214 for more information.
  • City of Olympia customers can put trees in their yard waste cart in 3ft sections or smaller, or put them in the normal pickup spot on the following days (cut if longer than 6 ft):
    Tues/Wed garbage customers: Sat, January 9, 2021
    Thurs/Fri garbage customers: Sat, January 16, 2021
  • City of Tumwater residents can place trees at the nearest street corner (not blocking the street) by 7:00 a.m. on Monday, January 11, 2021
  • City of Tenino residents can take trees to 418 S. Wichman St from December 26 - January 17, 2021.
  • City of Yelm residents can place trees in designated dumpster at Yelm City Park anytime from December 26 through January 10, 2021 or until full.
  • LeMay curbside customers: place your tree in or near your yard/food waste cart (in sections 3 feet or less). Extra fee(s) apply for customers not signed up for yard/food waste collection. Call 360-923-0111 for information.
  • Thurston County Rochester and Rainier have Drop-Box Facilities for trees
  • Rainier residents: Take trees for free to the Rainier Drop-Box Facility at 13010 Rainier Acres Rd. from December 26 - January 10, 2021 (open Friday - Sunday only, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Closed January 1.).
  • Rochester residents: Take trees for free to the Rochester Drop-Box Facility at 16500 Sargent Road from December 26 - January 10, 2021 (open Tuesday, Saturday, and Sunday only, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.).
  • All other areas of the state (just enter your zip code on the page that comes up)