How to Dispose of your Christmas Tree

Wondering how to dispose or recycle your Christmas tree?

Most trees are recycled into wood chips or compost, so it’s important to remove all lights, tinsel, ornaments, nails, stands and other non-organic materials. Flocked trees not be accepted.

Please reduce the size of your tree. Remove as many limbs as you can and put them in your yard waste (green bin) container.

Trees over 4 feet tall should be cut in half.
Republic Services provides curbside tree recycling through your weekly yard debris collection service. Trees must fit completely inside your green yard debris collection bin if using your regular weekly service. Trees cannot stick out of the bins so you may need to cut them up.

Do not forget, yard waste collection policies changed since January 1st 2019 within MPHOA boundaries. See our website:

You need to get in touch with the MPHOA Landscape Stewardship Department for extra yard debris pick up.

Other Options:

  • Lake Oswego Boy Scout Troop 230 will be recycling Christmas trees and wreaths between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. on Saturday, January 5, and Sunday, January 6. The drive up recycling service will be in the Yakima parking lot at 4101 Kruse Way in Lake Oswego. The suggested donation is $8.00 per tree and $6.00 per wreath.
  • Lake Oswego Girl Scout Troop 12492 will collect Christmas trees and wreaths on Saturday, January 5, and Sunday, January 6. Bring trees to the upper parking lot at George Rogers Park, 611 State Street, 9 am to 4 pm. Donations gladly accepted.
  • Additionally, you can also call Republic Services at 503-636-3011 to schedule a pick-up for a fee.

Recycle your lights!

Have a few strands of holiday lights that aren’t working? Did you know you can recycle your lights? Small-bulb holiday lights can be recycled at the Metro South Transfer Station, 2001 Washington St., Oregon City