Christmas is Over, Time to Ditch that Tree

What to do with that tree now that Christmas is over? Curbside trash pick-up from King County and private recycling are all options.

If you’re one of those people who got the Christmas tree as soon as the Thanksgiving dinner was cleared from the table, it’s a pretty crispy specimen of a fir by now.

There are a few ways to rid your home of that tree. King County will accept the tree for recycling at the curbside along with your regular yard waste. Trees must be free of flocking, tinsel and ornaments. They must also be cut into pieces less than three feet long and less than four inches at the base. Artificial or fireproofed will not be accepted. Check here for more options on tree recycling.

You may also pay to drop your tree at a private recycling center such as Pacific Topsoils or Cedar Grove. Both charge fees.

F.C. December 30, 2012 at 12:36 AM
Just want to add that the Boy Scouts have Christmas tree pick up on January 5th as well. You can go to www.beascout.org to find the Troop in your neighborhood or look for the signs that they set out. Pick up is free but a suggested donation is $20. Have you tree curbside by 8am if you'd like your picked up. Donations help to fund summer camp for many boys. Scouting is a great program!!
Lisa Baumann (Editor) December 30, 2012 at 03:33 AM
Thanks for the info F.C.!
RS Leavitt December 31, 2012 at 01:00 AM
Actually, Christmas is not over. Christmas Day was December 25th, but the Christmas season lasts until January 6th. I wish the Boy Scouts would also have a pick-up after the 6th for those of us who observe the full season.
Shaun Ivory December 31, 2012 at 07:54 AM
I had never heard of that, so I looked it up. I can't even make sense of these rules, which are so convoluted they look like a practical joke (which they could very well be, since I got them from Wikipedia): "In the Christian tradition the Christmas season is a period beginning on Christmas Day (25 December). In some churches (e.g. the Church of England) the season continues until the day before the Epiphany, which falls either on 6 January or on the Sunday between 2 and 8 January. In other churches (e.g. the Roman Catholic Church) it continues until the feast of the Baptism of the Lord, which falls on the Sunday following the Epiphany, or on the Monday following the Epiphany if the Epiphany is moved to 7 or 8 January. If the Epiphany is kept on 6 January, the Church of England's use of the term Christmas season corresponds to the Twelve Days of Christmas, and ends on Twelfth Night." I will just use your definition :)
Lisa Baumann (Editor) December 31, 2012 at 06:05 PM
Thanks for the information RS and Shaun! Wow. :)
Malia Kawaguchi December 31, 2012 at 06:41 PM
Shaun - basically, the song 12 days of Christmas? Starts on Christmas day, not 12 days before. I think it's about how long it took the wise men to arrive? (Not Christian, so not certain what epiphany is, but I think that's it.) I only know about it because our HOA asks for holiday decorations to be taken down on January 2nd, and that upsets some people.
Shaun Ivory December 31, 2012 at 07:31 PM
Christmas has so many symbols that have nothing whatsoever to do with the religious origins of the holiday. I always assumed the Twelve Days of Christmas was a recent invention, like Santa Claus, Rudolph, Frosty the Snowman, etc.
Bob Strong January 29, 2014 at 11:07 PM
It's always sad to say bye to the tree. The family leaves and the house is so empty. I think I miss the laughter most once the grand kids are all gone. http://www.burienbark.com/products.aspx?categoryid=96


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