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The City of Portland, Oregon

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Phone: 503-823-7700

Curbside Hotline: 503-823-7202

1900 SW 4th Ave, Suite 7100, Portland, OR 97201

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The holiday aftermath: How to get rid of cut holiday trees and extra garbage

Tree options

  • On collection day, put trees that are 6 feet and under at the curb for a $5 fee. Trees over 6 feet should be cut in half.
  • Or cut the trunk and branches into pieces less than 36 inches long and 4 inches in diameter and put directly in compost carts. Just ensure that any tree pieces do not poke out of the cart.
  • Or breakdown tree and put in kraft paper bags or bundle (tied securely with string or twine) at the curb on your collection day for a pick-up fee of $3.75 each.

Remember: Prepare your tree for pick-up by removing all tinsel, lights, ornaments, wire, nails, stands and other materials that cannot be composted. Trees covered in fake snow (“flocked”) are not accepted as compost and must be disposed of as garbage.

Put trees next to your green compost roll cart at the curb on collection day for a fee.

Extra garbage options

Set out an extra garbage can or bag on your collection day for a $5 fee during the holidays or anytime. Extra garbage must be 32 gallons or smaller and weigh 55 pounds or less

Do you have items too big for your garbage container? Contact your garbage and recycling company for a bulky waste collection cost estimate.

Renters: Talk to the property manager if you need to set out bulky items or extra garbage.

Want to get a tree pick-up?

Contact Metro online or call 503-234-3000 to find tree drop-off locations or to arrange a pick-up by a nonprofit organization for a fee.