Wrapping up the holiday season means taking down the tree and decorations. We can’t help you with the lights and ornaments, but when it comes time to dispose of your tree, we’ve got some help for you. Or rather, some good information on how to get rid of the tree cleanly.
City and county governments throughout the region have organized a host of resources to help you dispose of your Christmas tree this year. Please consider using one of the services below before burning your tree.
Tree Pickup Locations
LeMay compost collection/yard waste customers
Put trees in or near your compost cart (in sections of 3 feet or less). Call 360-923-0111 for information.
City of Olympia garbage customers
Customers with Thurs./Fri. service – tree pickup is Sat., Jan. 4.
Customers with Tues./Wed. service – pickup is Sat., Jan. 11.
Place tree in regular pickup spot by 6 a.m. on your collection day. Call 360-753-8368 and choose option 2 for more info.
City of Lacey residents
The City of Lacey and local Boy Scout troops are partnering to provide tree pickup inside city limits. For details, please visit the City of Lacey website or call Lacey Public Affairs at 360-491-3214.
City of Tumwater residents
Place trees at the nearest street corner by 8 a.m. Mon., Jan. 6. Call 360-754-4150 for information.
Tree Drop-off Locations
Thurston County residents
Trees can be taken to the Waste and Recovery Center, 2418 Hogum Bay Road NE, in Lacey through Jan. 13. The center will be closed Jan. 1. Hours are 7 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
Rainier: Trees can be dropped at 13010 Rainier Acres Road from 9 a.m.- 5 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays through Jan. 12.
Rochester: Trees can be taken to 16500 Sargent Road from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays, Saturdays and Sundays through Jan. 13.
Tenino: Trees can be brought to 418 S. Wichman St. anytime through Jan. 15.
Yelm: Trees can be taken to the Yelm City Park anytime through Jan. 10.
Trees may be dropped off at Bill McTurnal Enterprises, 721 Kamilche Lane, during daylight hours through January 9, 2014. Please leave the trees by the closed gates on weekends. NO FLOCKED TREES! Call (360) 866-4594 for information.
Community Development indicates no County resources are available. However, residents can pay extra for local trash disposal.
Port Angeles - Christmas Trees may be collected during the week of January 6, 2014. This service has been provided in the past, but as of Dec. 30, 2013, no official announcement has yet been received from the city. Contact the city at to check availability and details. (360) 417-4876
Sequim - The city of Sequim in the past has ground and composted Christmas trees for city residents at no charge at the city yard, but this service is not available this year, according to a city Public Works spokeswoman.
Forks - No city recycling of Christmas trees.
County residents can take trees to the yard debris area of the Regional Transfer Station at 3501 W. 18th St. in Port Angeles, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday for a fee of $5.
Western Clallam County can take trees to West Waste Transfer Facility, 272 LaPush Road, Forks for a fee of $5. The transfer facility is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday through Saturday.
Both transfer stations will be closed New Year’s Day.
Port Townsend - City of Port Townsend curbside-recycling customers can place their trees out for regular yard waste pickup during the weeks of the 26th through the 27th of December 2013 and the 6th to the 10th of January 2014. If your tree is over 4 feet tall, please cut it in half before you place it out for pick-up. Trees with flocking or tinsel will be taken as garbage and you will be charged extra accordingly.
For customers inside or outside the City of Port Townsend, you can self-haul your trees to the City’s Biosolids Composting Facility, located at the Jefferson County Waste Management Facility off of Jacob Miller Road. There is a minimum charge of $5.00 or $48/ton if over 200 lbs. to drop off yard debris at this site.
Trees need to be clean; no flocked trees will be accepted, all tinsel, ornaments, and wood stands must be removed prior to recycling of the tree. Otherwise they need to be disposed of as garbage at the standard tipping fee to dispose of solid waste. The Jefferson County Waste Management Facility is open during the hours of 9 A.M. to 4:30 P.M. Monday through Saturday.
The trees will be ground up and mixed with biosolids from the wastewater treatment facility and will be composted and will eventually be returned to the earth as a soil amendment. Please call DM Disposal at 385-6612 for more information.
You may also self-haul your trees to the City’s Biosolids Composting Facility, located at the Jefferson County Waste Management Facility off Jacob Miller Road. There is a minimum charge of $5.00 to drop off yard debris at this site. It is open Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Gray Harbor County
Every year Grays Harbor County partners with local Scout troops to collect Christmas Trees. This event usually begins the weekend after Christmas and continues for the next two weekends after that. The Christmas trees can be dropped off at various locations around the County, or you may contact the Scouts to come and pick the tree up. This is a free community service event, but donations are appreciated.
Donations pay for the Boys’ to attend Summer Camp, and participate in other activities. For more information about this event contact Grays Harbor County – Solid Waste at (360) 249-4222.
Montesano, January 5-6 and 11-12, 2014
Time: 9am – 4pm
Location – Napa Auto Parts in Montesano
Contact # -360-249-2209 or 360-470-1651 for pickup
Aberdeen – Hoquiam January 5-6 and11-12, 2014
Time: 9am – 4pm
Location – Washington Grade School in Hoquiam
Contact# – 360-612-1056
Flocked trees normally can’t be recycled and must be cut up and placed in the trash. However, please check with your local disposal resource for specifics. Remove all twine, ornaments, lights, stands, tinsel and nails.
For curbside programs, trees over six feet need to be cut in half.
Multi-family complex residents should check with their property managers for tree placement locations, or use the drop-off locations underlined below.
If you can’t get rid of your tree easily, put it to use for you. Anchor it in a corner of your property and place a bird feeder nearby. Song birds will appreciate having a place to rest that provides cover from roaming cats, wind, and rain between meals at the feeder. You can also use the tree as a feeder itself.
Make a DIY Birdfeeder From An Old Christmas Tree
- Take off all the tree decorations. (If you used home-strung popcorn strings as a tree decoration, you can leave that in place — the birds will love it.)
- Find a location where you can enjoy all the action. Make sure the birds are safe from flying into windows.
- Attach tree to a secure location (a fence or to another tree) using rope or bungee cords.
- Redecorate the tree with safe and healthy bird food. Fat, protein and carbohydrates are what birds need to survive cold winters. Foods like peanuts and birdseed also include vitamins and minerals, which can also produce healthier eggs and chicks.
For additional information, visit www.orcaa.org or call (360) 539-7610.