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King County, Washington

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Dec. 26, 2012

Several easy and affordable options for Christmas tree recycling in King County

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. Visit

  • Fundraising events: Many community groups sponsor Christmas tree-cycling fundraising events, including scouting troops, churches and others. 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, TTY Relay: 711 or visit the website at

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The King County Solid Waste Division operates eight transfer stations, two rural drop boxes and the Cedar Hills Regional Landfill, and provides environmentally responsible solid waste services to more than 1.3 million residents in King County, excluding Seattle and Milton. Learn more at