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What to do with that holiday tree? Compost it!

Posted by Mike on December 30th, 2012

Here is advice from the City of Seattle for disposing of your holiday tree.

Seattle residents may compost holiday trees and holiday greens free of charge between Dec. 26 and Jan. 13.

At Recycling & Disposal Stations: Trees should not exceed eight feet in length and must be free of decoration so they can be turned into compost for local parks and gardens. Trunks should not exceed four inches in diameter.

At the Curb: Food and yard waste subscribers can put trees and greens out on their regular collection day. Cut trees into sections, six feet long or shorter, with branches trimmed to less than four feet to fit into the collection trucks. Bundle each section with sisal string or twine (not plastic). Decorated, flocked and plastic trees are not recyclable, and will be charged as extra garbage.

At Apartments: Check with your manager. Multi-family buildings can put out one tree next to each food and yard waste cart per collection day at no extra charge.

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1 reader comments so far ↓

  • 1 Joe // Dec 31, 2012 at 2:36 pm

    On January 5th, a local boy scout troop will be picking up trees in the View Ridge area. Trees are brought to Magnusson Park and shredded for the use of the Parks Department on trails and other projects through out the city. Trees can be also be brought to the shredding location. Last year it was next to the old tower near the beach at Magunusson.