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Holiday Tree Composting

Undecorated holiday tree

After enjoying your tree and other holiday greenery, prepare them appropriately for compost pick-up. Please note that trees will not be accepted with garbage.

Prepare your tree for pick-up by removing all tinsel, lights, ornaments, wire, nails, stands and other materials that cannot be composted with the tree.

Curbside collection: Tree pieces

Cut the trunk and branches into pieces less than 36 inches long and 4 inches in diameter. Bundles must be securely tied with string or twine; weight limit is 45 lbs.

Please ensure that any tree pieces in your green Portland Composts! roll cart do not poke above the lip of the cart; weight limit is 100 lbs.

Put extra bundles or cans at the curb on your collection day for $3.75 each.

Curbside collection: Whole tree

Trees that are 6 feet and under can be put out at the curb on collection day for $4.50.

Please cut larger trees down to 6 feet to ensure driver safety.

Nonprofit collection 

You can also arrange with a nonprofit organization to collect your tree. Fees may range $4–$10. Call Metro’s recycling hotline at 503-234-3000 for drop-off or pick-up information.

Flocked trees
 

Flocked trees cannot be composted and will be collected as garbage for a $5 fee. You must set out the flocked tree on a regularly scheduled garbage collection day.

Heartbleed Security Notice

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