The presents have been opened, your traditions celebrated, and while your tree held so much magic and wonder all December long, it’s time to look forward to the New Year (and those pine needles can be pesky!). Instead of heading to the local landfill, consider using one of the following recycling services in or around Portland. We’ve found convenient locations across Portland and Vancouver to help you check this off your list. Scroll down for all of the details.
photo: Joe Strupek via Flickr
Before You Recycle
It’s all about the preparation. Not all standards for treecycling are the same but it’s a good idea to begin with a these simple practices. Most trees are recycled into wood chips or compost to it’s important to remove all lights, tinsel, ornaments, nails, stands and other non-organic materials. This also makes it difficult to recycle flocked trees, and not all locations handle them. Over-sized trees must sometimes be cut in half, while some groups will not accept, or charge higher fees for, flocked trees.
There are three main ways to recycle your tree:
- Curbside tree recycling through your yard debris: there are different rules and regulations throughout Portland and Vancouver, they may charge a fee.
- Take it to a recycling center: call ahead to your local center to ensure drop off.
- Through a local non-profit: groups like Boy Scouts will often offer a pick-up / drop off option and advertise throughout your neighborhood so keep your eyes open for those flyers!
Pro Tip: Do you live somewhere else in the Portland metropolitan area? Find out what your specific area requirements for curbside tree pickup are. Still have questions? Call and ask Metro at 503-234-3000.
Curbside Tree Recycling
Already have yard debris collection? You’re in luck! Generally as long as your tree is cut up, and completely placed inside your green compost collector you’re done! Or, for a fee of $4.50, trees that are six feet tall or shorter can be placed on the curb on pick-up day. If your tree is taller than six feet cut it in half, a $4.50 charge is added to each piece. This service can’t be used on flocked trees in Portland.
photo: Sean Crowly via flickr
Lake Oswego Boy Scout Troop 230
Your local Boy Scout troop is eager and ready to help! Simply bring your tree (along with a suggested donation) to Troop 230’s three-day recycling event in Lake Oswego. Questions? Contact the troop here.
Check online for dates
West End Building
4101 Kruse Way
Lake Oswego, Or
Tigard Boy Scout Troop 419
If you call Tigard home, Boy Scout Troop 419 is there for you. Ensure you’re within their coverage, print out the required flyer, place it in a Ziploc bag with a suggested donation of $12 (make checks out to Troop 419), attach it to your tree and leave everything at the end of your driveway by the designated time on the day of pick-up.
Check online for dates
Beaverton Boy Scout Troop 618
Beaverton Boy Scouts ask that you bring your Christmas tree (and a suggested donation) to St. Andrew Lutheran Church so they can dispose of it safely and economically. The troop can recycle both wreaths and trees, with a suggested (and greatly appreciated) donation of $5 for wreaths and $10 for trees.
St. Andrew Lutheran Church
12405 SW Butner Road
Saturdays: 8:30 am to 3:30 pm
Sunday/New Year’s Day: 12:30 – 3:30 pm
Last daily pick-up starts at 2 pm
Check payable to BSA Troop 618 c/o St. Andrew Lutheran Church, wrap in flyer (if you have it), put in plastic bag, and attach to tree
Environmentally Conscious Recycling
In addition to accepting copiers, fax machines, computers (except monitors) and most metals free of charge, Environmentally Conscious Recycling in NE Portland in the past has accepted both flocked and unflocked Christmas trees for a mere $2 apiece. Not sure, give them a call. Their website states: “Even if we don’t take it, we’d love to help you recycle it, so call us anyway!”
Call for hours
12409 NE San Rafael
With two locations in Vancouver and Milwaukie, McFarlane’s Bark is another option to recycle your tree. They charge per tree. According to their website “due to fluctuating changes in the Hog Fuel industry market, please call McFarlane’s prior to heading in with your wood waste recycling.”
., 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
13345 SE Johnson Rd.
., 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
8806 NE 117 th Ave.
Each year different troops and nonprofits offer treecycling services, did we miss your organization? Tell us and readers bellow!