It’s Time To Recycle Your Christmas Tree

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It’s that time of year again, when the holiday trimmings start coming off, get put into big plastic storage bins in the shed, leaving behind a dilapidated and dried up, dangerously flammable Christmas tree with no place to go.

Here’s your B-Town Blog guide to how to recycle your tree:


  • Boy Scout Troop #375 will be recycling trees this Saturday and Sunday (1/3-1/4) from 10am – 3pm.
  • Go to Herr Backyard Garden Center on SW 160th near First Ave South, and look for the Boy Scouts and wood chipper device.
  • $5 fee per tree.
  • Call Diane for more information: 242-2014.


  • Allied Waste provides curbside collection of Christmas Trees to single-family residential yard debris customers.
  • Yard Debris customers can set Christmas trees out on their regularly scheduled collection day.
  • Trees must be free of flocking, tinsel, ornaments and metal hangers, cut to 4′ lengths and tied into bundles less than 2′ wide.
  • Use biodegradable string or twine – no nylon, plastic or other synthetic materials.
  • Flocked trees are not recyclable and will not be accepted – put flocked trees in the garbage.


  • Allied Waste will be picking up Christmas trees for City of Des Moines residential curbside customers during the week of January 12 – 16 on the normal garbage pick-up day.
  • Place trees curbside, cut into 4′ lengths and tie into bundles no more than 2′ wide.
  • Tinsel, garland, and ornament hangers must be removed.
  • There will be no charge for this special pick-up.
  • Must be a garbage customer to be eligible.
  • Trees need to be cut into 4′ lengths and tied into bundles no more than 2′ wide.
  • More information: Contact Dave Steen at 206-870-6532


  • Waste Management also takes Christmas trees, but we suggest cutting yours in 4′ lengths and tie it into bundles less than 2′ wide, and perhaps even placing it inside your yard waste container (especially with all the wind we’ve been getting lately – we don’t need tumbleweed Christmas trees clogging our roads now do we?).
  • Pacific Topsoils, Inc. in Tukwila allows Christmas tree drop-offs; Call for Hours (206) 772-3091; located at 6000 S 129th Street in Tukwila.
  • King County has several options for recycling Christmas trees. 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).

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