Options for Christmas tree recycling

  • Written by Dept. of Natural Resources and Parks
King County reminds you to ring in the new year by doing a good deed for the environment: Recycle your old Christmas tree instead of throwing it in the garbage.

Trees — minus the tinsel and other decorations — can be chipped into landscaping material or ground finer into a composting soil amendment. Diverting trees from the landfill also saves room for what really needs to be there.

Here are some tree-recycling options:

• Curbside pickup: If you have curbside yard waste collection service, you can place your tree at the curb with your regular yard waste. Restrictions vary, so contact your garbage hauler for the details.

•Private companies: Several companies in King County collect Christmas trees for recycling at rates that are lower than the transfer station.


• Fundraising events: Many community groups sponsor Christmas tree-cycling fundraising events, including scouting troops, and churches. For a small donation, they will deliver your tree to a commercial recycler. Look for neighborhood flyers for recycling events.For more information, call the King County Solid Waste Division, Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., at (206) 296-4466 or toll free, at 1-800-325-6165, ext. 6-4466, or visit at

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