Recycle Your Christmas Tree

Pierce County residents who subscribe to yard waste collection service can treecycle their unflocked Christmas tree curbside.

Other residents can recycle trees free of charge if they self-haul to transfer stations in Pierce County. Flocked trees cannot be recycled and must be disposed of as garbage.

The cities of Milton, Orting, Tacoma, Puyallup and Ruston have special collection programs for households within their city limits. Contact your city hall or local garbage hauler for more details.

How To Treecycle

  • Remove the tree stand, tinsel, decorations and any nails or staples
  • Place the tree in your yard waste container for pick up on your regularly scheduled collection day
  • The tree must fit into the closed container (you may have to cut the tree into pieces)

What Happens to the Trees Collected

All trees collected become Cascade Compost, a beneficial soil amendment that is popular with home and commercial gardeners.

Treecycling helps save valuable landfill space, while the compost created enhances soil quality, saves water and reduces reliance on chemical fertilizers.
an illustration of a woman and a child carrying a Christmas tree to a yard waste cart