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.
Ecocycle Your Christmas Tree into Coho Salmon Habitat with Tualatin Valley Trout Unlimited
Where: Northwest Fly Fishing Outfitters (10910 NE Halsey Street, Portland, OR 97220) and the decommissioned West Linn Fire Station at 6000 Failing Street, West Linn, next to the Royal Treatment Fly Fishing shop.
When: January 6 or 13, 9 am – 4 pm
Cost: $10. No trees with flocking or tinsel.
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.
Where: Multiple locations
When: Multiple times
Cost: Around $10
Portland Legacy Lions
Benefit the Portland Legacy Lions, an international secular, non-political service organization.
Where: 1200 NW 23rd Ave., Portland, OR 97210
When: January 6, 9 am – 3 pm
Westminister Presbyterian Church
Where: 1624 NE Hancock St., Portland, Oregon 97212
When: January 6, 9 am – 2pm
503‑287‑1289 Ext. 16
St Andrew’s Presbyterian Church Youth Group
Where: 3228 SW Sunset Boulevard, Portland, Oregon 97239
When: January 1, 6-7, 13-14, 10 am – 3:30 pm
Cleveland High School Girls’ Lacrosse Cleveland High School Field
Where: SE Powell Boulevard & SE 31st Avenue, Portland, Oregon 97202
When: December 30-31, 9 am – 3 pm
$7 per tree drop-off, $10 pickup
Sunnyside Environmental School
Where: 3421 SE Salmon St., Portland, OR 97214
When: January 6-7, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Cost: $5 per tree drop off
David Douglas Dads Club
Where: David Douglas High School auto shop parking lot. 1500 SE 130th Ave., Portland, OR 97236 503‑660‑3076.
When: December 30-3`, and January 6-7, 8 a.m.-4 p.m.
Cost: $5 for green trees; $10 for flocked trees
Mon.-Sat., 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
13345 SE Johnson Rd. Milwaukie and 8806 NE 117th Ave., Vancouver, WA 98662
They accept green trees and charge a $3 recycling fee per tree. They do not accept flocked trees.
Wood Waste Management
Where: 7315 NE 47th Ave., Portland, OR 97218
When: Monday-Saturday, 7 a.m.-5 p.m.
Cost: Not listed
Find even more local ways to recycle your tree through Oregon Metro, here.
Prep your tree for recycling
Most trees are turned into wood chips, compost or fuel. Nonorganic materials aren’t good for these purposes and some can ruin a chipping machine.
To prep your tree for recycling, remove all lights, wire, tinsel, ornaments, nails, stands and other materials that are not part of the original tree.
Some tree recycling requirements depend on where you live. You may need to place your tree in your yard debris bin in a way that it slides out easily. Larger trees may need to be cut in half. If you aren’t sure what’s best, ask Metro.
Some groups or businesses do not accept flocked trees.
Christmas wreaths and swags can usually be recycled with trees. Most recyclers ask that all frames and wire be removed. If you opt for a nonprofit pickup service, check to see what they accept – some groups take only the trees.
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