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Phone: 503-823-7700

Curbside Hotline: 503-823-7202

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Curbside Composting Tip #3: Compost Holiday Greenery and Trees in the Green Roll Cart or at the Curb

disposing of holiday tree and greenery

Holiday tree composting
Make sure holiday greenery and trees are ready for compost pick-up after enjoying them this season. 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.

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.

Tree pieces
Cut the trunk and branches into pieces less than 36 inches long and 4 inches in diameter. 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 135 lbs.

Extra yard debris only
Set out an extra 32-gallon can, kraft paper lawn and leaf bag or bundle of yard debris for $3.75. Call your garbage and recycling company for a Yard Debris Only sticker to identify extra cans. Bundles must be securely tied with string or twine; weight limit is 45 lbs.

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