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How to Recycle or Dispose of Christmas TreesWhere and How to Recycle or Dispose of Christmas Trees in Oregon in January 2018

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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Oregon: Where and How to Recycle Your Christmas Tree After the Holidays

  • Portland, Oregon - Recycle your tree with your curbside yard debris collection service.  Residents with curbside yard debris collection programs can recycle their trees at the curb. Tree preparation requirements and fees vary throughout the region. For details, call your local solid waste and recycling office, ask Metro at 503-234-3000, or your garbage hauler.
    Or support a nonprofit fundraiser:
    Many nonprofit organizations offer pickup services or drop-off locations where you can take Christmas trees and wreaths to be recycled. Providing this service not only helps communities properly dispose of trees, but also raises money for worthwhile causes with a small fee or a request for a donation. Find a pickup service using Metro's online database .
    When these groups are no longer providing tree disposal services, you can either take your tree to a yard debris processing facility or use curbside service. Trees larger than six feet should be cut in two to ensure the safety of your garbage hauler.
    General metro Portland area residents with curbside yard debris collection programs can recycle their trees at the curb. The tree preparation requirements and fees vary throughout the region. For details, call your local solid waste and recycling office, Metro Recycling Information or your garbage hauler.
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    Remove all lights, wire, tinsel, ornaments, nails, stands and other materials that are not part of the original tree. Most trees are ground up as part of the recycling process; foreign material can ruin a chipping machine. Also, non-biodegradable materials (metal, glass, etc.) aren't good for a compost mixture. Christmas wreaths and swags can be recycled with trees. Most recyclers ask that all frames and wire be removed. Some groups or businesses do not accept flocked trees.
  • Other Counties and Cities below - Click here for locations, updated information and more details.
  • Banks, Oregon - Holiday trees and greenery can be recycled in your yard debris container. Cut trees and greenery into lengths that easily fit in your yard debris roll cart (36" or less) and will freely fall into the truck when tipped. Holiday greenery includes trees, wreaths, plant and swags that are free of tinsel, ornaments, stands/supports, wires or other added materials. Setting out holiday greenery on your regularly scheduled yard debris day will be considered that week's pick-up. Additional yard debris set at the curb during this pick-up may be assessed an additional fee. If you are unable to prepare your greenery as described above, you can transport it to a collection site run by service organizations who will take it for a fee. Some service organizations will also arrange to pick up trees from residents for a fee. And the Beaverton Boy Scout Troop 618 ask that you bring your Christmas tree (and a suggested donation) to St. Andrew Lutheran Church so they can dispose of it safely and economically.
  • Beaverton, Oregon - If your tree will fit in your yard debris cart, either whole or cut up, you should place it in the cart. If it will not fit, you can set it out as an additional yard debris set-out. Please follow these guidelines: If taller than six feet, it should be cut into pieces less than six feet long; if shorter than six feet, your tree can be set out whole; your cart must be placed out with the tree so your hauler can lift the tree into the truck; in case of inclement weather, your tree pick-up will count as one yard debris set-out and will be picked up either the next day or the next scheduled service day.
  • Canby, Oregon - inside city limits -
    Trees can be recycled in yard debris carts. If placing tree pieces in your cart, cut tree into small enough pieces to fit so they are able to fall freely when tipped into the truck. Trees can be set out in lieu of yard debris container. If your cart is full, you can set out trees shorter than 6 feet tall as additional yard debris materials. An extra yard debris charge will be assessed. Trees must be free of tinsel, stands, ornaments and other added materials. Wreaths can be placed in the yard debris cart with the frames, wire and other non-organic material removed.
  • Cedar Mill area of Portland, OR Boy Scout Troop 618 - Click on the link at left and fill out the form for a pick up of your tree!
  • Clackamas County, Oregon unincorporated inside the urban growth boundary - A Christmas tree counts as a regular yard debris set-out. It must fit into your yard cart with the lid closed. If it doesn't, cut it in half or thirds and put it out in the yard debris cart the next week or the week after if needed. Trees set out for pickup outside the yard debris cart may incur an extra charge. Flocked trees are OK. No tinsel, decorations or stands.
  • Cornelius, Oregon - Holiday trees and greenery can be recycled in your yard debris container. Cut trees and greenery into lengths that easily fit in your yard debris roll cart (36" or less) and will freely fall into the truck when tipped. Holiday greenery includes trees, wreaths, plant and swags that are free of tinsel, ornaments, stands/supports, wires or other added materials. Setting out holiday greenery on your regularly scheduled yard debris day will be considered that week's pick-up. Additional yard debris set at the curb during this pick-up may be assessed an additional fee. If you are unable to prepare your greenery as described above, you can transport it to a collection site run by service organizations who will take it for a fee. Some service organizations will also arrange to pick up trees from residents for a fee.
  • Damascus, Oregon - For customers with yard debris collection service, a Christmas tree counts as a regular yard debris set-out. It must fit into your yard cart with the lid closed. If it doesn't, cut it in half or thirds and put it out in the yard debris cart the next week or the week after if needed. Trees set out for pickup outside the yard debris cart may incur an extra charge. Flocked trees are OK. No tinsel, decorations or stands.
  • Durham, Oregon - Holiday trees and greenery can be recycled in your yard debris container. Cut trees and greenery into lengths that easily fit in your yard debris roll cart (36" or less) and will freely fall into the truck when tipped. Holiday greenery includes trees, wreaths, plant and swags that are free of tinsel, ornaments, stands/supports, wires or other added materials. Setting out holiday greenery on your regularly scheduled yard debris day will be considered that week's pick-up. Additional yard debris set at the curb during this pick-up may be assessed an additional fee. If you are unable to prepare your greenery as described above, you can transport it to a collection site run by service organizations who will take it for a fee. Some service organizations will also arrange to pick up trees from residents for a fee.
  • Estacada, Oregon - No yard debris program.
  • Fairview, Oregon - Tree can be placed out in lieu of regular yard debris on scheduled pick-up day at no extra charge. Flocked trees cannot be recycled curbside. Stands, ornaments, and other foreign matter must be removed.
  • Forest Grove, Oregon - Holiday trees and greenery can be recycled in your yard debris container. Cut trees and greenery into lengths that easily fit in your yard debris roll cart (36" or less) and will freely fall into the truck when tipped. Holiday greenery includes trees, wreaths, plant and swags that are free of tinsel, ornaments, stands/supports, wires or other added materials. Setting out holiday greenery on your regularly scheduled yard debris day will be considered that week's pick-up. Additional yard debris set at the curb during this pick-up may be assessed an additional fee. If you are unable to prepare your greenery as described above, you can transport it to a collection site run by service organizations who will take it for a fee. Some service organizations will also arrange to pick up trees from residents for a fee.
  • Gladstone, Oregon - A Christmas tree counts as a regular yard debris set-out. It must fit into your yard cart with the lid closed. If it doesn't, cut it in half or thirds and put it out in the yard debris cart the next week or the week after if needed. Trees set out for pickup outside the yard debris cart may incur an extra charge. Flocked trees are OK. No tinsel, decorations or stands.
  • Gresham, Oregon - Residential customers may place their natural tree at the curb for recycling in place of regular yard debris at no extra charge as long as the tree does not exceed six feet in length. Trees over six feet should be cut down into smaller pieces. Trees must be free of tinsel, lights, ornaments and other foreign items. If you are unable to cut your tree into smaller pieces, please contact your hauler for options.
    If a local organization other than your hauler is collecting your tree, schedule pickup on a day other than your yard debris collection day to avoid confusion.
  • Happy Valley, Oregon - A Christmas tree counts as a regular yard debris set-out. It must fit into your yard cart with the lid closed. If it doesn't, cut it in half or thirds and put it out in the yard debris cart the next week or the week after if needed. Trees set out for pickup outside the yard debris cart may incur an extra charge. Flocked trees are OK. No tinsel, decorations or stands.
  • Hillsboro, Oregon - Holiday trees and greenery can be recycled in your yard debris container. Cut trees and greenery into lengths that easily fit in your yard debris roll cart (36" or less) and will freely fall into the truck when tipped. Holiday greenery includes trees, wreaths, plant and swags that are free of tinsel, ornaments, stands/supports, wires or other added materials. Setting out holiday greenery on your regularly scheduled yard debris day will be considered that week's pick-up. Additional yard debris set at the curb during this pick-up may be assessed an additional fee. If you are unable to prepare your greenery as described above, you can transport it to a collection site run by service organizations who will take it for a fee. Some service organizations will also arrange to pick up trees from residents for a fee.
  • King City, Oregon - Holiday trees and greenery can be recycled in your yard debris container. Cut trees and greenery into lengths that easily fit in your yard debris roll cart (36" or less) and will freely fall into the truck when tipped. Holiday greenery includes trees, wreaths, plant and swags that are free of tinsel, ornaments, stands/supports, wires or other added materials. Setting out holiday greenery on your regularly scheduled yard debris day will be considered that week's pick-up. Additional yard debris set at the curb during this pick-up may be assessed an additional fee. If you are unable to prepare your greenery as described above, you can transport it to a collection site run by service organizations who will take it for a fee. Some service organizations will also arrange to pick up trees from residents for a fee.
  • Lake Oswego, Oregon - Inside the urban growth boundary, a Christmas tree counts as a regular yard debris set-out. It must fit into your yard cart with the lid closed. If it doesn't, cut it in half or thirds and put it out in the yard debris cart the next week or the week after if needed. Trees set out for pick up that is not in the yard debris cart may incur an extra charge. Flocked trees are OK. No tinsel, decorations or stands.Also, Lake Oswego Boy Scout Troop 230 can take the trees . Just bring your tree (along with a suggested donation) to Troop 230's three-day recycling event in Lake Oswego. Questions? Full information on tree recycling is here . SORRY, BUT WE DO NOT PICK UP TREES FROM HOMES OR BUSINESSES.
  • Maywood Park, Oregon - If you have curbside yard debris service from your garbage and recycling company, you can put out the whole tree at your curb on your yard debris day. Haulers charge $4 for trees shorter than 8 feet and $6 for taller trees. Trees will not be accepted with garbage and will only be accepted with yard debris. If placing in your yard debris cart, limbs must not poke above the lip of the cart; weight limit is 100 lbs. Put extra bundle(s) or can(s) at your curb on your yard debris day. Your green roll cart is picked up for no fee. Each additional bundle or can is $2.50.
  • Milwaukie, Oregon - A Christmas tree counts as a regular yard debris set-out. It must fit into your yard cart with the lid closed. If it doesn't, cut it in half or thirds and put it out in the yard debris cart the next week or the week after if needed. Trees set out for pick up that is not in the yard debris cart may incur an extra charge. Flocked trees are OK. No tinsel, decorations or stands.
  • Molalla, Oregon inside city limits - Trees can be set out on collection day for 2-3 weeks after Christmas, no charge for pick up. If the tree is taller than 8 feet, cut it in half.
  • North Plains, Oregon - Holiday trees and greenery can be recycled in your yard debris container. Cut trees and greenery into lengths that easily fit in your yard debris roll cart (36" or less) and will freely fall into the truck when tipped. Holiday greenery includes trees, wreaths, plant and swags that are free of tinsel, ornaments, stands/supports, wires or other added materials. Setting out holiday greenery on your regularly scheduled yard debris day will be considered that week's pick-up. Additional yard debris set at the curb during this pick-up may be assessed an additional fee. If you are unable to prepare your greenery as described above, you can transport it to a collection site run by service organizations who will take it for a fee. Some service organizations will also arrange to pick up trees from residents for a fee.
  • Oregon City, Oregon - inside the urban growth boundary - A Christmas tree counts as a regular yard debris set-out. It must fit into your yard cart with the lid closed. If it doesn't, cut it in half or thirds and put it out in the yard debris cart the next week or the week after if needed. Trees set out for pickup outside the yard debris cart may incur an extra charge. Flocked trees are OK. No tinsel, decorations or stands.
  • Salem/Keizer, Oregon: See Boy Scout Troop 121 - (503) 877-HAUL.
  • Sandy, Oregon - inside city limits - A Christmas tree counts as a regular yard debris set-out. It must fit into your yard cart with the lid closed. If it doesn't, cut it in half or thirds and put it out in the yard debris cart the next week or the week after if needed. Trees set out for pickup outside the yard debris cart may incur an extra charge. Flocked trees are OK. No tinsel, decorations or stands. Please note: The Clackamas County Garbage and Recycling Transfer Station (formerly known as the Sandy Transfer Station) only accepts trees as garbage. Customers will be charged the garbage rate.
  • Sherwood, Oregon - Holiday trees and greenery can be recycled in your yard debris container. Cut trees and greenery into lengths that easily fit in your yard debris roll cart (36" or less) and will freely fall into the truck when tipped. Holiday greenery includes trees, wreaths, plant and swags that are free of tinsel, ornaments, stands/supports, wires or other added materials. Setting out holiday greenery on your regularly scheduled yard debris day will be considered that week's pick-up. Additional yard debris set at the curb during this pick-up may be assessed an additional fee. If you are unable to prepare your greenery as described above, you can transport it to a collection site run by service organizations who will take it for a fee. Some service organizations will also arrange to pick up trees from residents for a fee.
  • Tigard, Oregon - Holiday trees and greenery can be recycled in your yard debris container. Cut trees and greenery into lengths that easily fit in your yard debris roll cart (36" or less) and will freely fall into the truck when tipped. Holiday greenery includes trees, wreaths, plant and swags that are free of tinsel, ornaments, stands/supports, wires or other added materials. Setting out holiday greenery on your regularly scheduled yard debris day will be considered that week's pick-up. Additional yard debris set at the curb during this pick-up may be assessed an additional fee. If you are unable to prepare your greenery as described above, you can transport it to a collection site run by service organizations who will take it for a fee. Some service organizations will also arrange to pick up trees from residents for a fee.
  • Troutdale, Oregon - Trees shorter than 6 feet will be collected by Waste Management in place of regular yard debris at no extra charge. Trees do not need to be placed in the yard debris carts. If your tree is taller than 6 feet, you may cut the tree into pieces shorter than 6 feet or call Waste Management at 800-808-5901 for collection costs and arrangements. There will be an extra fee of $4.25 for any additional yard waste collected the same week as your tree. Please, no flocked trees, tinsel, stands, or ornaments.
  • Tualatin, Oregon - Trees can be recycled in yard debris carts. If placing tree pieces in your cart, cut tree into small enough pieces to fit so they are able to fall freely when tipped into the truck. Trees can be set out in lieu of yard debris container. If your cart is full, you can set out trees shorter than 6 feet tall as additional yard debris materials. An extra yard debris charge will be assessed. Trees must be free of tinsel, stands, ornaments and other added materials. Wreaths can be placed in the yard debris cart with the frames, wire and other non-organic material removed.
  • Washington County, Oregon - Holiday trees and greenery can be recycled in your yard debris container. Cut trees and greenery into lengths that easily fit in your yard debris roll cart (36" or less) and will freely fall into the truck when tipped. Holiday greenery includes trees, wreaths, plant and swags that are free of tinsel, ornaments, stands/supports, wires or other added materials. Setting out holiday greenery on your regularly scheduled yard debris day will be considered that week's pick-up. Additional yard debris set at the curb during this pick-up may be assessed an additional fee. If you are unable to prepare your greenery as described above, you can transport it to a collection site run by service organizations who will take it for a fee. Some service organizations will also arrange to pick up trees from residents for a fee.
    In rural unincorporated Washington County where no yard debris pick-up is established, residents may use a yard debris-processing facility or check with local nonprofits about Christmas tree drop-off and pick-up events. Residents may also check with their haulers about picking up Christmas trees for a fee.
  • West Linn, Oregon - Inside the urban growth boundary, a Christmas tree counts as a regular yard debris set-out. It must fit into your yard cart with the lid closed. If it doesn't, cut it in half or thirds and put it out in the yard debris cart the next week or the week after if needed. Trees set out for pick up that is not in the yard debris cart may incur an extra charge. Flocked trees are OK. No tinsel, decorations or stands.
  • Wilsonville, Oregon - A Christmas tree counts as a regular yard debris set-out. It must fit into your yard cart with the lid closed. If it doesn't, cut it in half or thirds and put it out in the yard debris cart the next week or the week after if needed. Trees set out for pick up that is not in the yard debris cart may incur an extra charge. Flocked trees are OK. No tinsel, decorations or stands. Commercial/multifamily customers and curbside customers outside the urban growth boundary are encouraged to use Boy Scout tree recycling service.
  • Wood Village, Oregon - Curbside customers may recycle their trees in place of regular yard debris set out at no extra charge. It is appreciated if trees over 6 feet tall are cut in half. All trees collected in place of yard debris must be shorter than 8 feet tall. Please contact your hauler if yours is more than 8 feet tall. Flocked trees are acceptable. Trees with tinsel or ornaments may not be recycled; please remove those items.