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Guide to Recycling Christmas Trees in Seattle

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Ready to take down your Christmas tree? If it’s not a flocked tree, consider recycling it! It’s much better for the environment, and there are convenient ways for you to leave your tree for recycling pick up or take it to an area recycling company.

According to the King County website, recycling your Christmas tree is much less expensive than throwing it out and it’s better for the environment.

In SEATTLE, trees and greens can be placed curbside for pickup on your regular collection day for two weeks after Christmas. According to the Seattle Public Utilities website, trees must be trimmed to 6 feet or shorter. And you must trim the branches to less than four feet to fit into the collection trucks. Bundle each section with sisal string or twine (not plastic). Decorated, flocked and plastic trees are not recyclable and will be charged as extra garbage.

At Apartments – One tree may be placed next to each food/yard waste cart at no extra charge each collection day.

At Recycling and Disposal Stations, clean Christmas trees are accepted for free at the stations after Christmas 2012 through Sunday, January 13, 2013. Click HERE for a list of Dump and Transfer Stations.

Click HERE for a list of private companies in King County that accept Christmas trees for recycling.

If you are a BELLEVUE resident signed up for yard waste collection service with Allied Waste Services, you can put your Christmas tree out at the curb on your regular yard waste pickup date. Trees should be cut into four-foot lengths and bundled with natural fiber rope or twine. Bundles should be no bigger than two feet wide. Questions? Call Allied Waste at 425.452.4762.

Also, Bellevue area Boy Scouts work to recycle trees in the area. Click HERE to see where the Scouts will be picking up trees. To reserve a pick up from the Boy Scouts, call 425.954.6582 by Monday, December 31. Be sure to clearly state your address and phone number. You should receive a call back to confirm. Then, attach a donation to your tree and place your tree curbside by 8:00am on Saturday, January 5.

In TACOMA, Tacoma residents may recycle Christmas trees free by bringing them to the recycling center at the City of Tacoma Landfill, 3510 S. Mullen St. Trees may be dropped off between 8:00am and 6:00pm December 26 through January 21. (The landfill will be closed January 1.) Apartment managers or landlords who collect tenants’ trees may drop them off all at once for free, but are encouraged to call 253.591.5543 in advance. Tree lot operators and nonprofit groups must pay for disposal.

Solid Waste Management will collect only trees that have been cut and placed inside the brown yard waste container with the lid closed flat. Trees left next to containers will not be collected. Decorated or flocked trees cannot be recycled and must go in the garbage. Customers with questions about Christmas tree recycling may call 253.591.5543.

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