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.

Don’t forget to remove all lights, wire, tinsel, ornaments, nails, stands and other materials that are not organic. The only thing that can be recycled is the tree itself! Some groups or businesses do not accept flocked trees. Christmas wreaths and swags can usually be recycled with trees, but don’t forget to remove the frames and wire. Click here for more information.

Choose Your Recycler

Recycle your tree with your curbside compost or garbage collections.
The rules can very depending on your location. Larger trees may need to be cut in half, or you may need to place your tree in the compost pin in a way that it slides out easily. If you aren’t sure what’s best, ask Metro.

Portland Legacy Lions
Proceeds from tree recycling fees support hearing aids, eyeglasses, food assistance and more for low income individuals in the neighborhood. Portland Legacy Lions may also pick up in your area. Arrangement for pickup can be made by email or telephone: [email protected] or (971) 258-0649.
Where: Good Samaritan Parking Lot, Corner of NW 23rd and Northrup St.
When: January 8, 9:00 am-3:00 pm
Cost: $7 drop off; $22 pick up

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. To protect water quality, no flocking or tinsel allowed.
When: January 8 and 15, 9:00 am-4:00pm
Cost: $10

Join the Holiday Tree Toss
Help create essential salmon habitats out of your old holiday trees for juvenile salmon in the Columbia basin with the Columbia Slough Watershed Council. There will be hot cocoa, donuts, and stewardship activities.
Where: Kelley Point Park
When: January 8, 10 am-1 pm

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

St Andrew’s Presbyterian Church
Where: 3228 SW Sunset Boulevard, Portland
When: January 1-2, 15-16
Cost: $10 donation requested

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

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