Scroll down this page for local Washington State recycling and responsible disposal options for holiday waste, from Christmas trees and wreathes, to lights, ornaments, wrapping and packaging. Many towns and cities offer curbside collection, even for Christmas trees. Counties and unicorporated areas typically have a number or drop-off locations.
Christmas trees are usually colllected from December 26th through
the first 2 or 3 weeks in January. Whether your tree is picked up from
your curb, or you drop it off, 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
occasionally accepted (call to verify), 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
curbside garbage hauler.
The trees and wreathes are usually chipped and made into a mulch
which is ofteny made available, free to city or county residents.
Ornaments and light strings are usually placed into your
curbside collection bin. Some localities have year-round
collection centers. The same is true of wrapping paper and boxes.
Always follow the links (usually the blue, underlined 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.
If your area is not specifically mentioned below, call your trash collection
agency and ask!
Washington State January 2021 Curbside, Local Recycling and Disposal Options for Trees, Lights and Other Holiday Waste
Washington State January 2021 Curbside, Local Recycling and Disposal Options for Trees, Lights and Other Holiday Waste
Seattle, WA - 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, from December 26 to January 31. 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 details:
Trees must be trimmed to 6-feet or shorter
Trim 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 day.
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 per vehicle
Click here for locations, updated information and more details.
Auburn, WA - 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.
the Auburn, WA flyer here
WASTE MANAGEMENT CUSTOMERS:
Single-family, duplex and mobile home park residents: Place tree
and wreath out for collection on your GARBAGE DAY by 6 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 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 smaller.
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.
Compostables service not required
Limit 1 tree per household.
or call 253-931-3038, option #2.
Holiday Light Recycling: Don't throw away those holiday lights! Recycle them from early
December through late January.
View a list of participating schools and businesses (PDF). Accepted: ALL types of non-working, working, broken & unwanted holiday light
strands and extension cords.
Bellevue, WA - 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
Flocked trees (with tinsel, ornaments, etc.) should be cut up and put in garbage. If you have questions, please call Allied
Waste at 425-452-4762.
At the Curb: Single-family residents can put Christmas trees and other greens out on
your regular collection day. Cut trees into sections, four feet long or shorter, with branches trimmed to less than four feet to fit into the
collection trucks. Bundle each section with twine (not plastic). Decorated, flocked and plastic trees are not recyclable, and will be charged as
At Apartments and Condos: Check with your manager. The same handling rules apply from "At the
Questions: Contact Republic Services at 425-452-4762 or
There are other options for disposal of your tree:
Pacific Topsoils, 1733
127th Ave. NE, will accept trees. There is a $3 fee per tree. Call 800-884-7645 for details.
Boy Scout Troop 600 (**Due to Covid-19, Troop 600 will not be recycling Christmas
trees in December 2020**) in a normal year, they 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 am to 3 pm. Sunday, January 3,
2021. A $10 donation is requested for pickup or drop off. Call 206-748-1656 to schedule a pickup.
Boy Scout Troop 662 (**Due to Covid-19, Troop 600 will not be recycling Christmas trees in December 2020**) in a normal year, they will
collect trees on Sunday, after Christmas and Saturday after Jan 1st 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: (NOTE: prices MAY have been raised, but are still less than $5)
Central Transfer and Recycling Center, 11034 NE 117th Avenue
Vancouver WA. (360) 256-8482. $1 each (limit three trees).
City Bark, 2419 NE Andresen Road Vancouver, WA . (360) 253-8461. No charge.
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.
West Van Materials Recovery Center, 6601
NW Old Lower River Road, Vancouver, WA. (360)-737-1727. $1 each (limit three trees).
Scouts BSA will collect trees for
recycling in many areas of Clark County on Saturday, Jan. 2, 2021. The service is free, but donations will be accepted. Scout units may
distribute door hangers with pick-up instructions and contact information in their designated areas prior to Jan. 2.
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
climate change . Curbside pickup and City-sponsored events: Place your tree on the curb for collection with your regular yard waste.
Select your city from the menu on this page to contact your hauler for details or to visit your City's website for tree-cycling events.
Private and public facilities: View the tree-cycling/yard waste recycling options listed on the
What Do I Do With ? website or the
Tree Recycling Options flier (PDF
, 1.5 MB). It's never too late to explore alternatives to Christmas trees and
holiday decorations ; consider turning your Christmas tree into
evergreen 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.:
Curbside pickup : Place your tree on the curb for collection with your regular yard waste.
Tree-Cycling events : Take your tree to your city's collection event.
: Make a donation to a local community group.
Lewis County, WA - Recycle your Christmas trees, holiday lights and Styrofoam at the Central Transfer Station, 1411 S. Tower Ave.,
Centralia, beginning December 26th through early to mid-January (Sunday, January 10, 2021) from 10 am to 4 pm., Sunday to Friday, and 9 am to 4
pm., 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 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 companies).
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 .
Don't forget 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 closures)
Mercer Island, WA - Offers Free Christmas Tree Recycling via one of the following options:
Your yard waste cart.
Undecorated and unflocked Christmas trees now accepted; as long as they fit completely in the cart (which means you may have to cut them in
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
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.
Recycle 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, Flocked trees cannot
be recycled and must be thrown in the garbage. The tree must fit into the closed container (you may have to cut the tree into pieces)
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, WA - 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. Also see King County above.
Sammamish, WA and neighboring Issaquah Highlands Boy Scout Tree Collection - The Boy Scouts have a pick up servicve there!
Click on the link at left. There is a map of
their coverage area here . Scouts will be in your neighborhood in Sammamish and Issaquah Highlands on Curbside Pickup Day Saturday, January
2, 2021, Please place your tree and donation curbside by 8:00 AM. Suggested donation is $15-$25 per tree. We pickup in Sammamish and the
Issaquah Highlands in exchange for a donation. You can DONATE WITH PAYPAL - click the link above. Skip the check and make your tree donation
online! A PayPal account is not required. fPlease have your tree out by the curb by 8:00am.to pickup your Christmas tree curbside in exchange
for a donation. To provide payment by mail, please see the Payment by Mail page on their website. We pickup your tree curbside - no reservation
required for residents within our Coverage Area Map. Leaving Your Tree for Curbside Pickup - The Do's: Please place your donation in the
envelope that was attached to your flyer. All your donations go directly to fund the local Scouting programs here in Sammamish. This is our main
fundraiser for the year and we appreciate your support! Please make checks payable to "Boy Scouts of America". Seal the envelope and place it on
the bottom of the tree with a rubber band. Also please consider putting the envelope inside a small ziploc bag in bad weather. Please place the
tree curbside in front of your residence. If that is not possible, place the tree at the nearest cross street corner. Support Scouting in your
neighborhood and have your tree recycled!
Shoreline, WA - Residents 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.
If 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
[email protected] .
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). 9 am to 3pm, Sat & Sun,
INSTRUCTIONS FOR $5 DROP OFF: 2drop off is available at Central Valley High School OR University High School.
- Thurston County, WA -
Residents can have their Christmas Tree Recycled after the holiday season, free Christmas tree collection and drop-off opportunities are
available county-wide. You can find all of the tree recycling locations and curbside options on the Thurston
County web page.
Vancouver, WA - 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 tree.
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 County.
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.
before going to check hours or get answers to questions:
Central Transfer Recycling, 11034 N.E. 117th Ave., (360) 256-8482. $1 per tree, up
to three trees.
City Bark, 2419 N.E. Andresen Road, (360) 253-8461. No charge.
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.
Washougal Transfer Station, 4020 S. Grant St., (360) 835-2500. $1 per tree, up to three trees.
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 website 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.
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.
All other areas of the state (just enter your zip code on the page that comes up)