Jan 4, 2024 - News

How to get rid of your Christmas tree in Seattle

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

Illustration: Shoshana Gordon/Axios

I don't know about you, but my Christmas tree is starting to get a little crispy around the edges right about now.

What's happening: Seattle residents can compost their trees for free through Jan. 31.

  • Just place your undecorated tree out with your yard waste on your regular collection day and it will be picked up.

Yes, but: To do this, you have to cut your tree into segments no taller than 4 feet. The trunk cannot be wider than 4 inches in diameter.

Of note: If you don't have the tools to cut your tree down to size, you can also haul it to a transfer station and drop it off for free through Jan. 31 (although tree trunks still can't be wider than 4 inches).

Zoom out: If you live in a part of King County outside Seattle, tree recycling policies vary; check this list for more information.

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