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Use this list to find out how to prepare Christmas trees for curbside recycling yard debris service in your city or county.

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Holiday trees and greenery can be recycled in your yard debris container. Cut trees and greenery into lengths that easily fit in your yard debris roll cart (36" or less) and will freely fall into the truck when tipped. Holiday greenery includes trees, wreaths, plant and swags that are free of tinsel, ornaments, stands/supports, wires or other added materials. Setting out holiday greenery on your regularly scheduled yard debris day will be considered that week’s pick-up. Additional yard debris set at the curb during this pick-up may be assessed an additional fee. If you are unable to prepare your greenery as described above, you can transport it to a collection site run by service organizations who will take it for a fee. Some service organizations will also arrange to pick up trees from residents for a fee.

Beaverton

If your tree will fit in your yard debris cart, either whole or cut up, you should place it in the cart. If it will not fit, you can set it out as an additional yard debris set-out. Please follow these guidelines: If taller than six feet, it should be cut into pieces less than six feet long; if shorter than six feet, your tree can be set out whole; your cart must be placed out with the tree so your hauler can lift the tree into the truck; in case of inclement weather, your tree pick-up will count as one yard debris set-out and will be picked up either the next day or the next scheduled service day.

Flocked trees are accepted.

Canby, inside city limits

Trees can be recycled in yard debris carts. If placing tree pieces in your cart, cut tree into small enough pieces to fit so they are able to fall freely when tipped into the truck. Trees can be set out in lieu of yard debris container. If your cart is full, you can set out trees shorter than 6 feet tall as additional yard debris materials. An extra yard debris charge will be assessed. Trees must be free of tinsel, stands, ornaments and other added materials. Wreaths can be placed in the yard debris cart with the frames, wire and other non-organic material removed.

Clackamas County, unincorporated inside the urban growth boundary

A Christmas tree counts as a regular yard debris set-out. It must fit into your yard cart with the lid closed. If it doesn't, cut it in half or thirds and put it out in the yard debris cart the next week or the week after if needed. Trees set out for pickup outside the yard debris cart may incur an extra charge. Flocked trees are OK. No tinsel, decorations or stands.

Cornelius

Holiday trees and greenery can be recycled in your yard debris container. Cut trees and greenery into lengths that easily fit in your yard debris roll cart (36" or less) and will freely fall into the truck when tipped. Holiday greenery includes trees, wreaths, plant and swags that are free of tinsel, ornaments, stands/supports, wires or other added materials. Setting out holiday greenery on your regularly scheduled yard debris day will be considered that week’s pick-up. Additional yard debris set at the curb during this pick-up may be assessed an additional fee. If you are unable to prepare your greenery as described above, you can transport it to a collection site run by service organizations who will take it for a fee. Some service organizations will also arrange to pick up trees from residents for a fee.

Damascus

For customers with yard debris collection service, a Christmas tree counts as a regular yard debris set-out. It must fit into your yard cart with the lid closed. If it doesn't, cut it in half or thirds and put it out in the yard debris cart the next week or the week after if needed. Trees set out for pickup outside the yard debris cart may incur an extra charge. Flocked trees are OK. No tinsel, decorations or stands.

Durham

Holiday trees and greenery can be recycled in your yard debris container. Cut trees and greenery into lengths that easily fit in your yard debris roll cart (36" or less) and will freely fall into the truck when tipped. Holiday greenery includes trees, wreaths, plant and swags that are free of tinsel, ornaments, stands/supports, wires or other added materials. Setting out holiday greenery on your regularly scheduled yard debris day will be considered that week’s pick-up. Additional yard debris set at the curb during this pick-up may be assessed an additional fee. If you are unable to prepare your greenery as described above, you can transport it to a collection site run by service organizations who will take it for a fee. Some service organizations will also arrange to pick up trees from residents for a fee.

Estacada

No yard debris program.

Fairview

Tree can be placed out in lieu of regular yard debris on scheduled pick-up day at no extra charge. Trees over eight feet tall should be cut in half. Flocked trees cannot be recycled curbside. Stands, ornaments, and other foreign matter must be removed.

Forest Grove

Holiday trees and greenery can be recycled in your yard debris container. Cut trees and greenery into lengths that easily fit in your yard debris roll cart (36" or less) and will freely fall into the truck when tipped. Holiday greenery includes trees, wreaths, plant and swags that are free of tinsel, ornaments, stands/supports, wires or other added materials. Setting out holiday greenery on your regularly scheduled yard debris day will be considered that week’s pick-up. Additional yard debris set at the curb during this pick-up may be assessed an additional fee. If you are unable to prepare your greenery as described above, you can transport it to a collection site run by service organizations who will take it for a fee. Some service organizations will also arrange to pick up trees from residents for a fee.

Gladstone

A Christmas tree counts as a regular yard debris set-out. It must fit into your yard cart with the lid closed. If it doesn't, cut it in half or thirds and put it out in the yard debris cart the next week or the week after if needed. Trees set out for pickup outside the yard debris cart may incur an extra charge. Flocked trees are OK. No tinsel, decorations or stands.

Gresham

Cut trees and greenery into lengths that easily fit in the yard debris roll cart (36 inches or less) with the lid closed. Trees and debris must be able to fall freely from the cart into the truck when tipped. Include only trees, wreaths, plants and swags that are free of tinsel, ornaments, wires, plastic or other materials.

Whole natural trees (not flocked) under six feet or additional yard debris set out not in the cart will be assessed an additional fee of $3.11. Trees over six feet will not be collected unless cut in half. Each half of the tree not in the cart will assess an additional fee of $3.11. If you are not able to cut your tree, please contact your hauler for options.

Happy Valley

A Christmas tree counts as a regular yard debris set-out. It must fit into your yard cart with the lid closed. If it doesn't, cut it in half or thirds and put it out in the yard debris cart the next week or the week after if needed. Trees set out for pickup outside the yard debris cart may incur an extra charge. Flocked trees are OK. No tinsel, decorations or stands.

Hillsboro

Holiday trees and greenery can be recycled in your yard debris container. Cut trees and greenery into lengths that easily fit in your yard debris roll cart (36" or less) and will freely fall into the truck when tipped. Holiday greenery includes trees, wreaths, plant and swags that are free of tinsel, ornaments, stands/supports, wires or other added materials. Setting out holiday greenery on your regularly scheduled yard debris day will be considered that week’s pick-up. Additional yard debris set at the curb during this pick-up may be assessed an additional fee. If you are unable to prepare your greenery as described above, you can transport it to a collection site run by service organizations who will take it for a fee. Some service organizations will also arrange to pick up trees from residents for a fee.

King City

Holiday trees and greenery can be recycled in your yard debris container. Cut trees and greenery into lengths that easily fit in your yard debris roll cart (36" or less) and will freely fall into the truck when tipped. Holiday greenery includes trees, wreaths, plant and swags that are free of tinsel, ornaments, stands/supports, wires or other added materials. Setting out holiday greenery on your regularly scheduled yard debris day will be considered that week’s pick-up. Additional yard debris set at the curb during this pick-up may be assessed an additional fee. If you are unable to prepare your greenery as described above, you can transport it to a collection site run by service organizations who will take it for a fee. Some service organizations will also arrange to pick up trees from residents for a fee.

Lake Oswego, inside the urban growth boundary

A Christmas tree counts as a regular yard debris set-out. It must fit into your yard cart with the lid closed. If it doesn't, cut it in half or thirds and put it out in the yard debris cart the next week or the week after if needed. Trees set out for pick up that is not in the yard debris cart may incur an extra charge. Flocked trees are OK. No tinsel, decorations or stands.

Maywood Park

If you have curbside yard debris service from your garbage and recycling company, you can put out the whole tree at your curb on your yard debris day. Haulers charge $4 for trees shorter than 8 feet and $6 for taller trees. Trees will not be accepted with garbage and will only be accepted with yard debris. If placing in your yard debris cart, limbs must not poke above the lip of the cart; weight limit is 100 lbs. Put extra bundle(s) or can(s) at your curb on your yard debris day.

Your green roll cart is picked up for no fee. Each additional bundle or can is $2.50.

Milwaukie

A Christmas tree counts as a regular yard debris set-out. It must fit into your yard cart with the lid closed. If it doesn't, cut it in half or thirds and put it out in the yard debris cart the next week or the week after if needed. Trees set out for pick up that is not in the yard debris cart may incur an extra charge. Flocked trees are OK. No tinsel, decorations or stands.

Molalla, inside city limits

Trees can be set out on collection day for 2-3 weeks after Christmas, no charge for pick up. If the tree is taller than 8 feet, cut it in half.

North Plains

Holiday trees and greenery can be recycled in your yard debris container. Cut trees and greenery into lengths that easily fit in your yard debris roll cart (36" or less) and will freely fall into the truck when tipped. Holiday greenery includes trees, wreaths, plant and swags that are free of tinsel, ornaments, stands/supports, wires or other added materials. Setting out holiday greenery on your regularly scheduled yard debris day will be considered that week’s pick-up. Additional yard debris set at the curb during this pick-up may be assessed an additional fee. If you are unable to prepare your greenery as described above, you can transport it to a collection site run by service organizations who will take it for a fee. Some service organizations will also arrange to pick up trees from residents for a fee.

Oregon City, inside the urban growth boundary

A Christmas tree counts as a regular yard debris set-out. It must fit into your yard cart with the lid closed. If it doesn't, cut it in half or thirds and put it out in the yard debris cart the next week or the week after if needed. Trees set out for pickup outside the yard debris cart may incur an extra charge. Flocked trees are OK. No tinsel, decorations or stands.

Portland

Remove all tinsel, lights, ornaments, wire, nails, stands and other materials that cannot be composted with the tree.

Trees may be put out either in pieces or whole. To put a tree out in pieces, cut the trunk and branches into pieces less than 36 inches long and 4 inches in diameter. Please ensure that any tree pieces in your roll cart do not poke above the lip of the cart. The weight limit for the cart is 100 lbs. Extra bundles must be securely tied with string or twine. The weight limit for bundles is 45 lbs. Place bundles or extra cans at the curb on your collection day for $3.75 each.

Whole trees may be placed out if they are under ten feet. A charge of $5 will be added to your garbage bill for trees six feet and shorter. Trees larger than six feet will assess an extra fee of $6. Larger trees may be left behind if the driver is unable to lift them manually.

Flocked trees are not accepted.

Sandy, inside city limits

A Christmas tree counts as a regular yard debris set-out. It must fit into your yard cart with the lid closed. If it doesn't, cut it in half or thirds and put it out in the yard debris cart the next week or the week after if needed. Trees set out for pickup outside the yard debris cart may incur an extra charge. Flocked trees are OK. No tinsel, decorations or stands.

Please note: The Clackamas County Garbage and Recycling Transfer Station (formerly known as the Sandy Transfer Station) only accepts trees as garbage. Customers will be charged the garbage rate.

Sherwood

Holiday trees and greenery can be recycled in your yard debris container. Cut trees and greenery into lengths that easily fit in your yard debris roll cart (36" or less) and will freely fall into the truck when tipped. Holiday greenery includes trees, wreaths, plant and swags that are free of tinsel, ornaments, stands/supports, wires or other added materials. Setting out holiday greenery on your regularly scheduled yard debris day will be considered that week’s pick-up. Additional yard debris set at the curb during this pick-up may be assessed an additional fee. If you are unable to prepare your greenery as described above, you can transport it to a collection site run by service organizations who will take it for a fee. Some service organizations will also arrange to pick up trees from residents for a fee.

Tigard

Holiday trees and greenery can be recycled in your yard debris container. Cut trees and greenery into lengths that easily fit in your yard debris roll cart (36" or less) and will freely fall into the truck when tipped. Holiday greenery includes trees, wreaths, plant and swags that are free of tinsel, ornaments, stands/supports, wires or other added materials. Setting out holiday greenery on your regularly scheduled yard debris day will be considered that week’s pick-up. Additional yard debris set at the curb during this pick-up may be assessed an additional fee. If you are unable to prepare your greenery as described above, you can transport it to a collection site run by service organizations who will take it for a fee. Some service organizations will also arrange to pick up trees from residents for a fee.

Troutdale

Trees shorter than 6 feet will be collected by Waste Management in place of regular yard debris at no extra charge. Trees do not need to be placed in the yard debris carts. If your tree is taller than 6 feet, you may cut the tree into pieces shorter than 6 feet or call Waste Management at 800-808-5901 for collection costs and arrangements. There will be an extra fee of $4.25 for any additional yard waste collected the same week as your tree. Flocked trees are accepted for an addition fee of $5.35. Please no tinsel, stands, or ornaments.

Tualatin

Trees can be recycled in yard debris carts. If placing tree pieces in your cart, cut tree into small enough pieces to fit so they are able to fall freely when tipped into the truck. Trees can be set out in lieu of yard debris container. If your cart is full, you can set out trees shorter than 6 feet tall as additional yard debris materials. An extra yard debris charge will be assessed. Trees must be free of tinsel, stands, ornaments and other added materials. Wreaths can be placed in the yard debris cart with the frames, wire and other non-organic material removed.

Washington County

Holiday trees and greenery can be recycled in your yard debris container. Cut trees and greenery into lengths that easily fit in your yard debris roll cart (36" or less) and will freely fall into the truck when tipped. Holiday greenery includes trees, wreaths, plant and swags that are free of tinsel, ornaments, stands/supports, wires or other added materials. Setting out holiday greenery on your regularly scheduled yard debris day will be considered that week’s pick-up. Flocked christmas trees are not accepted as yard debris. Additional yard debris set at the curb during this pick-up may be assessed an additional fee.

If you are unable to prepare your greenery as described above, you can transport it to a collection site run by service organizations who will take it for a fee. Some service organizations will also arrange to pick up trees from residents for a fee.

In rural unincorporated Washington County where no yard debris pick-up is established, residents may use a yard debris-processing facility or check with local nonprofits about Christmas tree drop-off and pick-up events. Residents may also check with their haulers about picking up Christmas trees for a fee.

West Linn, inside the urban growth boundary

A Christmas tree counts as a regular yard debris set-out. It must fit into your yard cart with the lid closed. If it doesn't, cut it in half or thirds and put it out in the yard debris cart the next week or the week after if needed. Trees set out for pick up that is not in the yard debris cart may incur an extra charge. Flocked trees are OK. No tinsel, decorations or stands.

Wilsonville

A Christmas tree counts as a regular yard debris set-out. It must fit into your yard cart with the lid closed. If it doesn't, cut it in half or thirds and put it out in the yard debris cart the next week or the week after if needed. Trees set out for pick up that is not in the yard debris cart may incur an extra charge. Flocked trees are OK. No tinsel, decorations or stands. Commercial/multifamily customers and curbside customers outside the urban growth boundary are encouraged to use Boy Scout tree recycling service.

Wood Village

Curbside customers may recycle their trees in place of regular yard debris set out at no extra charge. It is appreciated if trees over 6 feet tall are cut in half. All trees collected in place of yard debris must be shorter than 8 feet tall. Please contact your hauler if yours is more than 8 feet tall. Flocked trees are acceptable. Trees with tinsel or ornaments may not be recycled; please remove those items.

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