Now that the big day is past — you’re probably wondering what to do with the tree. We’ve pulled together some resources for when, where and how to recycle your Christmas tree this year.
Ecocycle Your Christmas Tree into Coho Salmon Habitat with Trout Unlimited
Where: Two locations. Eastside: Northwest Fly Fishing Outfitters (10910 NE Halsey Street, Portland). Westside: the old West Linn Fire Station at 6000 Failing Street, West Linn, next to the Royal Treatment Fly Fishing shop.
When: January 4 or 11, 9 am-4 pm
Cost: $10. No trees with flocking or tinsel.
Boy Scout and Girl Scout Troops
You can easily find the closest drop off location to benefit a local chapter of the Boy Scouts or Girl Scouts by entering your address here. Some also pick up!
Where: Multiple locations
When: Multiple times
Cost: Around $10
Portland Legacy Lions
Benefits the Portland Legacy Lions, an international secular, non-political service organization. Proceeds support hearing aids, eyeglasses, food assistance and more for low income individuals in the neighborhood. They may also pick up in your area. Arrangement for pickup can be made by telephone or email. Pickup available in zip codes 97204, 97205, 97209 and 97210, east of SW Vista Drive.
Where: 1200 NW 23rd Ave., Portland, Corner of NW 23rd and Northrup St.
When: January 4, 9 am-3 pm
Cost: $7 drop off; $22 pick up
St Andrew’s Presbyterian Church Youth Group
Where: 3228 SW Sunset Boulevard, Portland
When: January 4-5, & 11-12, 10 am-3:30 pm
Cost: $10 donation requested
Sunnyside Environmental School
Pickup available north to NE Glisan Street, south to SE Powell Boulevard, east to 60th Avenue, west to 20th Avenue. No trees with flocking.
Where: 3421 SE Salmon St., Portland
When: January 4-5, 10 am-4 pm
Cost: $5 per tree drop off. Pick up $10
Wood Waste Management
Where: 7315 NE 47th Ave., Portland
When: Monday-Saturday, 7 am-5 pm
Cost: Not listed
You can also recycle your Christmas tree at home—make mulch, firewood or coasters.
Find even more local ways to recycle your tree through Oregon Metro, here.
Prep your tree for recycling
Most trees are turned into wood chips, compost or fuel. Nonorganic materials aren’t good for these purposes and some can ruin a chipping machine.
To prep your tree for recycling, remove all lights, wire, tinsel, ornaments, nails, stands and other materials that are not part of the original tree.
Some tree recycling requirements depend on where you live. You may need to place your tree in your yard debris bin in a way that it slides out easily. Larger trees may need to be cut in half. If you aren’t sure what’s best, ask Metro.
Some groups or businesses do not accept flocked trees.
Christmas wreaths and swags can usually be recycled with trees. Most recyclers ask that all frames and wire be removed. If you opt for a nonprofit pickup service, check to see what they accept – some groups take only the trees.