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Recycle Christmas trees at one of many convenient King County locations


With the holidays winding down, King County residents have many convenient options to recycle Christmas trees for little or no cost.


Keep the holiday spirit going well into the New Year by giving your old tree new life as compost or wood chips. King County’s Solid Waste Division, as well as local waste haulers, cities, and a number of private companies, make tree recycling easier than ever through a number of convenient options.

Many local haulers will pick up trees set out curbside by residential garbage and recycling customers with yard waste collection service. Other possibilities include city-sponsored recycling events

King County will recycle trees under 8-feet-tall at its Bow Lake, Factoria, Shoreline, Vashon, and Enumclaw recycling and transfer stations and the Cedar Falls Drop Box for the $12 fee for yard waste, and a number of private companies will also take trees for a fee. Customers who present an Orca LIFT, ProviderOne or EBT card at a King County transfer station are eligible for the Cleanup LIFT low-income discount for this service. 

People are advised to call ahead to confirm any details and restrictions, but the general rules are no flocked trees, and no decorations or lights. King County transfer stations will be closed on Wednesday, Jan. 1.

More information is available online at or by calling the King County Solid Waste Division Customer Service desk at 206-477-4466. Learn more about the Solid Waste Division at

Annie Kolb-Nelson, Department of Natural Resources and Parks, 206-477-5373

About the King County Solid Waste Division

The Solid Waste Division provides environmentally responsible solid waste transfer and disposal services in King County. The division operates eight transfer stations, two rural drop boxes, and the Cedar Hills Regional Landfill – the only operational landfill in the county. Our stakeholders include residents and business owners in unincorporated King County and 37 cities throughout the county. We work closely with our stakeholders to continue our national leadership in waste prevention, resource recovery, and waste disposal.