Recycle Christmas greenery: Trash haulers and scouts are here to help

Holiday greens can be left in bins or on the curb so that garbage trucks or scouts who wear masks and keep their distance from dropping points have been trained to safely accept Christmas trees and wreaths for fundraising.

However, Trout Unlimited’s Tualatin Valley and Clackamas River chapters have canceled the 8th annual Christmas for the Coho Tree Collection this year due to the coronavirus pandemic. Volunteers have used trees collected over the past few years for other purposes, placing them in wetlands in Oregon to provide habitat for young salmon and other wildlife.

Here are some options for collecting Christmas trees and green spaces:

Tree preparation requirements vary, but for the most part, all branches need to be stripped of ornaments, lights, tinsel, wire, nails, spikes, stands, plastic, and other additional materials. That’s because trees are turned into wood chips or compost, and some inorganic materials can ruin a chopping machine.

For wreaths, also remove the frames and other non-vegetable products. Contact the recycler for information on swags and other greens. Some don’t accept flocked trees.

Garbage disposal services will accept trees and other natural holiday decorations as garden waste if the green fits in the bin and is picked up on the regularly scheduled pickup day.

In general, a tree counts as normal garden waste if it fits in the cart with the lid closed. If it doesn’t fit, cut the tree into pieces and place it in the shopping cart over time.

A tree shorter than two meters can be placed on the curb next to the cart, while longer trees must be felled. In either case, there may be an additional charge for the additional garbage.

Portland residents can fill their green roadside compost trolley with lots of green as long as the lid can close and material can freely fall off the trolley into the truck when tipped. There is an additional $ 5.10 charge to remove entire trees from the curb. Trees taller than two meters must be cut in half (only a $ 5.10 fee will be charged). For flocked trees, contact your shipping agent.

In Gresham, entire natural trees less than two meters long that are not in the car are valued at an additional $ 3.76. Trees over two meters must be cut in half and the additional fee will be charged for each half that is not in the cart. Wrap flocked trees collected for a fee of $ 5.13. If you cannot cut your tree down, contact your carrier for options.

Beaverton does not charge any fees for a cut or an entire tree that fits in the cart. Otherwise, the price of the extra rubble in the garden is $ 3.63.

Residents of apartments or condominiums with central transportation should receive instructions from the property manager or board of directors to see if a pick-up service or a Christmas tree event has been arranged.

Otherwise, visit Metro’s Find-A-Recycler to find the nearest garden waste recycling facility or seasonal tree recycling event.

The Metro Central Transfer Station at 6161 NW 61st Ave. Portland accepts up to three trees, including flocked trees, for $ 10. A wreath with a Christmas tree is accepted free of charge.

If Metro is serving you, submit a question, call 503-234-3000, or contact your garbage truck for more information.

Troop 423 and Troop 218 will be collecting trees from Tigard Driveways January 2nd, 3rd, 9th, and 10th for a $ 12 donation within zip codes 97223 and 97224 and portions of 97140, 97007 and 97008.Randy Lewis

If you’re away from roadside work or want to take your tree to a garbage processing facility, students and scout troops will recycle your entire tree for a donation.

Portland’s Sunnyside Environmental School is hosting their annual Christmas Tree Recycling Fundraiser on Saturday, January 2 and Sunday, January 3, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Sunnyside Park on Southeast 34th Avenue and Southeast Taylor Street. Royalty donations are $ 8 per tree or wreath. Trees are cut down and used as mulch in the school garden.

Beaverton Troop 618 and Troop 5618 accept trees for a donation of US $ 10 or more and wreaths (US $ 5 donation) at St. Andrew Lutheran Church, 12405 SW Butner Road, Sunday, January 3, Saturday, 11:30 am to 4:00 pm. January 9th and Sunday January 10th. This event will fund most of the troops’ operating expenses for the year, according to the website.

The Beaverton Troop 728 accepts trees on Saturday January 2 and Sunday January 3 and Saturday January 9 and Sunday January 10 at John Marty Park, Northwest Joscelyn Street, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and northwest 165. Place. The suggested donation is $ 10 for green trees. Flocked trees will not be accepted. For more information, send an email to [email protected]

The Beaverton Troop 870 and Troop 5870 roadside Christmas tree recycling service is contactless and follows all appropriate protocols for masks and social distances. The service area is located between Southwest Farmington Road, Southwest Murray Boulevard, Southwest 198th Avenue and Southwest Old Scholls Ferry Road. Pick-up starts on January 2nd, 3rd, 9th, 10th and 16th at 9am Reserve a pickup in advance.

The Lake Oswego Troop 230 is offering a drive-up recycling service on Saturday January 2 and Sunday January 3 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Yakima headquarters, 4101 Kruse Way. The suggested donation is $ 10 per tree and $ 8 per wreath. “This is Troop 230’s premier fundraiser,” the website said.

Lake Oswego Troop 45004 will recycle trees and wreaths in the upper parking lot at George Rogers Park, 611 S. State St. Saturday, January 2 and Sunday, January 3, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The suggested donation is $ 10. Email Scout Troop 45004 to schedule a home pickup.

Lake Oswego Troop 221 will recycle Christmas trees and wreaths in the Mountain Park Church parking lot on Southwest Jefferson Avenue and Southwest McNary Parkway on Saturday, January 2 and Sunday, January 3, between 9:00 am and 4:00 pm. The suggested donation is $ 12 per tree and $ 8 per wreath. At you can schedule a pickup for USD 10 from homes with zip codes 97219, 97035, and 97034.

The Laurelhurst neighborhood squad 22 in Portland will be on Saturday, January 9th at 935 NE 33rd Ave.

Portland Troop 24 takes place on Saturday, January 2, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 3900 SE Belmont St.

Tigard Troop 423 and Troop 218 will be collecting trees from driveways on January 2nd, 3rd, 9th and 10th for a donation of US $ 12 in zip codes 97223 and 97224 and parts of 97140, 97007 and 97008 (see map). Call 503-972 -3423 or go to to make arrangements (credit cards accepted). The wood chips from the trees are used in Cook Park. In order to reduce the number of boy scouts required for the project, according to the organizers, the employees of the city of Tigard will have the trees cut into wood chips this year.

Tigard Troop 419 will be collecting trees from driveways on Saturday, January 2, Sunday, January 3, Saturday, January 9, and Sunday, January 10 for a $ 12 donation in the coverage area north of Southwest Hart Street, south of the highway 99W, east to Highway 217 and west to Roy Rogers Road. Reservations must be made in advance at

Recycle strands of broken Christmas lights at the Metro South Transfer Station on Washington St. 2001 in Oregon City. Lowe’s stores accept Christmas lights on customer service.

Shipping peanuts and bubble wrap can be reused. Donate it to a packaging store or save it if needed.

Organic Gardening offers the following suggestions for post-Christmas trees in Oregon that are free from invasive pests:

Making mulch: cut off the branches and place them on the ground to protect the plants.

Protecting Birds: Move the tree outdoors for the winter, where it provides food and shelter for wild birds. Hang a bird feeder or bag of suet.

A fish house: With the owner’s permission, submerge your tree in a deep pond to become a habitat for fish and aquatic insects. In flat wetlands, trees can act as barriers against sand and soil erosion.

Turn it into a trellis: put the tree in a corner of your garden and set it up in your garden as a trellis for peas or beans in spring.

Plant it for next Christmas: if you’ve bought a live tree, you can keep it growing until next year.

– Janet Eastman | 503-294-4072

[email protected] | @janeteastman

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