Wrapping up the holiday season means taking down the tree and decorati0ns. 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 can place their trees near compost carts n sections cut to 3 feet or less. For more information, call (360) 923-0111.
City of Olympia garbage customers whose regular trash pickup is on Thursday or Friday, tree pickup will be Jan. 7. For those with Tuesday or Wednesday service, pickup will be Jan. 14. Make sure your tree is in your regular trash pickup location by 6 a.m. on your collection day. Call (360) 753-8509.
Lacey residents will have their trees picked up by city crews; they also can request a donation-based pickup from local Boy Scout troops. For city pickup, place trees at the curb by 8 a.m. Jan. 9. The Boy Scouts will be around Jan. 7. Call (360) 491-3214.
Tumwater residents should place trees at the nearest street corner by 8 a.m. Jan. 9. Call (360) 754-4150.
Tree Dropoff Locations
All Thurston County residents can take trees to the Waste and Recovery Center from 7 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday or 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at 2418 Hogum Bay Road N.E. in Lacey. The center will be closed New Year’s Day.
Rainier residents can drop trees off from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays until Jan. 14 at 13010 Rainier Acres Road.
Rochester residents can take trees to a drop box from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays, Saturdaysand Sundays through Jan. 15 at 16500 Sargent Road.
Visit http://www.co.thurston.wa.us/solidwaste/holidays/holidays-treecollect.htm for more information.
Bill McTurnal Enterprises at 721 Kamilche Lane accepts tree from Dec. 28 – Jan. 9 during daylight hours. On weekends, leave trees by closed gate.
Visit http://www.411.com/business/mason-county-wood-recyclers-shelton-wa for more information.
Community Development indicates no County resources are available. However, residents can pay extra for local trash disposal.
Port Angeles - Christmas trees will be collected curbside in the city of Port Angeles during the week beginning Jan. 10
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.
The transfer facility is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m Thursday through Saturday.
Both transfer stations will be closed this Saturday, which is New Year’s Day.
Port Townsend - Christmas trees will be collected free of charge as part of regular curbside garbage and yard debris pickup service between December 26th and December 30th and again between Jan. 9th and January 13th.
• For trees to be collected free as part of yard debris collection service they must not have any tinsel, frocking, or any other decoration or attached tree stands
• Trees that are taller than 4’ need to be cut into less than 4’ sections to be accepted free as yard debris
• Trees that have tinsel, frocking, or any other decoration or tree stands attached will be charged at the rate for garbage disposal
Jefferson County - If County residents subscribe for curbside garbage collection from Murrey’s Disposal, trees will be collected at the rate charged for an extra garbage can. No collection events are planned for either by the County or in the private sector as was done last year
City and County residents - Trees that are free of tinsel, frocking, or any other decoration or attached tree stands can be disposed of at the Transfer Station at the yard debris rate – any tree up to 200 lbs. would be $5. Trees not disposed of as yard debris will be charged at the minimum fee rate for ea. facility:
o Transfer Station minimum fee is $4.95
o Quilcene Drop Box Facility minimum fee is $2.97
For more information, please visit http://jeffersoncountysolidwaste.com/.
Gray Harbor County
Aberdeen-Hoquiam residents can bring their trees to Washington Grade School, Jan 1-2, 2011 – 9am to 4 pm, Jan 8-9, 2011 – 9am to 4 pm, Jan 15, 2011 – 9am to 4 pm. Contact Number: (360) 591-9342
Montesano residents can bring their trees to Napa Auto Parts, Jan 1-2, 2011 – 9am to 4 pm and Jan 8-9, 2011 – 9am to 4 pm. Contact Number: (360) 470-1651
For more information visit http://www.co.grays-harbor.wa.us/info/pub_svcs/recycle/ChristmasTrees.htm
General Resources -
- 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.
More information about setting up habitat trees can be found here: http://www.enature.com/articles/detail.asp?storyID=407