Once December 26 rolls around, the undecorating begins. What should you do with that Christmas tree? Fortunately, there are many recycling options for King and Pierce County residents, including charity organizations.


For two weeks after Christmas Day, December 25, trees and greens can be placed curbside for pickup on your regular collection day. Trees must be trimmed to 6 feet or shorter. Trim 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. Click HERE for information on Recycling and Disposal Stations. For more information, check out the website at http://www.seattle.gov.


Bellevue residents have several options for recycling Christmas trees. In all cases, trees should have no flocking, ornaments, paint, lights, metal hangers, nails, or tinsel:

Curbside pickup by Allied Waste Services on the day of your trash pick-up. 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.

Boy Scout Troop 662 will be picking up on 12/31/11 and 1/7/12. Pickup boundaries: Woodridge, Kelsey Creek, College Hill, Newport Hills, Newport Shores & Somerset. e-mail until January 2: Troop662treepickup@hotmail.com. Suggested donation $10 (no cash please).

Drop Off or Pickup by Boy Scout Troop 600 on 1/7/12. Drive-up hours 9:00am – 2:30pm at Clyde Hill Elementary, 9601 NE 24th Street, Bellevue, WA. Trees must have a pickup tag attached, which will be pre-sold, or a reservation must be made for pickup. More information on the troop’s website, http://www.troop600.com.


Landfill drop-off: Tacoma residents, apartment tenants and businesses in Tacoma may dispose of undecorated and unflocked 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 24. (The landfill will be closed Jan. 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.

Curbside collection: 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. Tacoma residents may recycle Christmas trees free at the Tacoma Landfill’s Recycling Center, 3510 S. Mullen St., December 26 through January 24. Decorated or flocked trees cannot be recycled and must go in the garbage. Customers with questions about Christmas tree recycling can call 253.591.5543.

For more information on King County area tree recycling, click HERE, or call the King County Solid Waste Division Monday through Friday, 8:30am to 4:30pm, at 206.296.4466.

Pierce County residents can call Pierce County Solid Waste with questions at 253.798.2179.

  1. Yaquelin says:

    You know the dceifrenfe between Portland and Seattle? In Portland, the hippies have tattoos.You know what’s great about Portland? It’s 150 miles away.You know another thing that’s great about Portland? It’s not getting any closer!We had a raffle up here in Seattle. Second place was a week in Portland. First place was two weeks in Portland!Feel free to switch the names anytime. Let’s just have fun, ok?And the fans are probably the same in Portland as Seattle. But the team name? The Timbers? For a city that flouts there greenness to be named after a cut down tree is kinda weird.

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