Christmas trees are worth all the effort, but when 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.
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.
Drop off your tree at Topaz Farm where it will be converted into biochar, a proven method to sequester carbon while creating healthier soil and tastier food, all without chemicals. A few of the trees will be given to the goats as treats, too. And you’ll get to visit the animals for free while you’re there! New this year: free cocoa and a chance to shop the market.
Where: Topaz Farm, 17100 NW Sauvie Island Road, Portland
When: December 30, 2023, and January 6, 2024, 10 am-12 pm.
Cost: No fees!
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 and When: Multiple locations and times.
Cost: Typically around $10-15
Proceeds from tree recycling fees support hearing aids, eyeglasses, food assistance and more for individuals in need in the NW Portland. Portland Legacy Lions may also pick up in your area.
Where: Pick up only this year.
When: January 6, 2024, 9 am-3 pm.
Cost: $22 donation per tree pick up, and they will also take garland, wreaths, tree stands, etc., for an extra $5. Pay with cash or check or on their website.
North Clackamas Watershed Council will collect donated Christmas trees to create salmon habitats at Spring Park.
Where: North Clackamas Park
When: January 6, 9 am-3 pm
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.
Please note the Christmas for Coho program providing salmon habitats has ended due to a lack of volunteers.