Jan 3, 2024 - Holidays

How to get rid of your Christmas tree in Portland

Illustration of a recycling symbol made from Christmas tree pine needles.

Illustration: Shoshana Gordon/Axios

New Year's Day has come and gone, but some of us still have dried out Christmas trees dropping needles in our living rooms.

Yes, but: You can still ditch your tree for free (or with a donation or charge) courtesy of several nonprofits and your garbage company.

How it works: Portlanders can easily compost their Christmas trees by placing whole trees (6 feet or shorter) next to their compost bins for a $5.25 charge.

  • Trees of any size can also be cut up into less than three-foot chunks and placed inside the bins for no charge.

Be smart: Make sure any decorations, lights and tinsel have been removed first.

  • Flocked trees (those adorned with fake snow) must be discarded as trash and placed inside the bin, or call your garbage collector for a disposal estimate.
  • If you don't have a saw, you can rent one from Northeast Portland Tool Library.

Separately, local organizations will also provide Christmas tree pick-ups or drop-offs at no cost, though small donations are encouraged.

  • Use Metro's "Find a Recycler" tool by entering your address and selecting "Christmas trees" from the yard and garden section.
avatar

Get more local stories in your inbox with Axios Portland.

🌱

Support local journalism by becoming a member.

Learn more

More Portland stories

Portlandpostcard

Get a free daily digest of the most important news in your backyard with Axios Portland.

🌱

Support local journalism by becoming a member.

Learn more