Christmas has come and gone — that was fast! — which means it’s time to get ready for the New Year. While we’ll leave the decorations and leftover Christmas goodies to you we can help you recycle the tree! Instead of heading to the local landfill, consider using one of the following recycling services in or around Portland.


photo: SpankyNew via Flickr

Before You Recycle
You’ve just made it through another holiday season and know how important preparation is to help things go smoothly! The same goes with recycling your tree. Not all standards for treecycling are the same but it’s always a good idea to begin with a these easy practices. Remove all lights, tinsel, ornaments, nails, stands and other non-organic materials. Oversized trees must sometimes be cut in half, while some groups will not accept, or charge higher fees for, flocked trees.

Curbside Tree Recycling
Already have yard debris collection? You’re in luck! Within the city of Portland, 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.

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.

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photo: austintexasgov 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.

Dec. 31 – Jan.2
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 9 a.m. on the day of pick-up.

Jan. 2, 3, 9 & 10, 9 a.m.
Tigard, Or

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 will be recycling trees with the help of Collier Tree Services’ chippers and shredders. Questions? Check their website for updated information or you can contact the troop here.


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 accepts both flocked and unflocked Christmas trees for a mere $2 apiece.

Mon.-Fri., 7 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sat., 7:30 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sun., 7:30 a.m-5 p.m.
12409 NE San Rafael

McFarlane’s Bark
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.”

Mon.-Sat., 8 a.m.-5 p.m. (Vancouver location open until 6 p.m.)
13345 SE Johnson Rd.
Milwaukie, Or

8806 NE 117 th Ave.
Vancouver, Wa

Have a different tradition for your tree? Let us know in the comments below!

— Kris Wilhelmy