Seattle Public Utilities

How to recycle

Christmas Trees

Next to bin

From 12/26/16 - 1/31/17, holiday trees, wreaths, and greens can be composted for free. Place on the curb next to your food and yard waste cart on your regular collection day.

  • Flocked and plastic trees or wreaths will be charged as extra garbage.
  • Remove all decorations and lights, tinsel, metal clips, ornaments and bows.
  • Trees must be cut into lengths to 4-feet or shorter.
  • Bundle each section with sisal string or twine (not plastic).

At apartments – One tree may be placed next to each food and yard waste cart at no extra charge each collection day.

Drop-off locations

From 12/26/15 - 1/31/16, bring Christmas trees to city transfer stations for free. Starting 2/1/16, regular fees apply.

  • Trees should not exceed 8-feet in length and must be free of decoration.
  • Trunks should not exceed 4-inches in diameter.
  • The stations will accept up to 3 trees per vehicle.

Decrease waste: Choose reusable items or donate to thrift stores.