Wondering how to dispose or recycle your Christmas tree?
A lot of it comes down to the preparation. Most trees are recycled into wood chips or compost, so it’s important to remove all lights, tinsel, ornaments, nails, stands and other non-organic materials. Flocked trees may not be accepted at all locations and over-sized trees should be cut in half. If in doubt, call ahead for additional information and fees.
Republic Services provides curbside tree recycling through your weekly yard debris collection service. Trees must fit completely inside your green yard debris collection bin if using your regular weekly service, so you may need to cut them up. Customers with no yard waste service or with trees not able to fit in yard waste bins, can contact Republic Services at 503-636-3011 to schedule a pick-up for a fee.
- Lake Oswego Boy Scout Troop 230 will be recycling Christmas trees and wreaths between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. on Saturday, January 5, and Sunday, January 6. The drive up recycling service will be in the Yakima parking lot at 4101 Kruse Way in Lake Oswego. The suggested donation is $8.00 per tree and $6.00 per wreath.
- Lake Oswego Girl Scout Troop 12492 will collect Christmas trees and wreaths on Saturday, January 5, and Sunday, January 6. Bring trees to the upper parking lot at George Rogers Park, 611 State Street, 9 am to 4 pm. Donations gladly accepted.
- In addition, local non-profit groups usually offer opportunities for pick-up/drop off options. Watch for announcements throughout the community.
- Dan Davis Recycling Center, 14000 Willamette Falls Drive. Drop off your tree for $1.
Recycle your lights!
Have a few strands of holiday lights that aren’t working? Did you know you can recycle your lights? Small-bulb holiday lights can be recycled at the Metro South Transfer Station, 2001 Washington St., Oregon City!
Happy New Year!