The New Year is less than 2 days away, and many people have already hauled their Christmas trees to the curb. They don’t last forever unless they’re fake, and you have two options for getting rid of your previously-live tree. Note: with both options, please remove any ornaments, tinsel, etc.
First up is local Boy Scout Troop 70. The Boy Scouts will be picking up trees left on the curb by 9am this Saturday, January 4th. With the Scout option, there’s no need to cut the tree up. However, suggested donations of $15-$25 help support the local Troop’s program. If you go with this option, make out a donation check to “Troop 70” and place it in a ziplock bag attached to the trunk of the tree.
Pick up areas for the Scout option include: from McGraw south to Olympic on West Queen Anne and to Aloha on East Queen Anne; west to 8th Ave West and east to 5th Ave North. If you’d like to help out our local Scout troop, it’s an easy way to do so and involves no trimming or cutting of large trees.
The next option for your tree is via Seattle Public Utilities, and it’s free with regular SPU collections through January 12. Trees must be trimmed to 6 feet or shorter, and branches must be trimmed to less than four feet. Bundle each section with sisal string or twine (not plastic). At apartments, one tree may be placed next to each food/yard waste cart at no extra charge each collection day. (and, another note – flocked trees are considered garbage and are an extra charge).
And, a final reminder for those with Wednesday collection days – New Year’s Day is a SPU holiday, and pickup will not occur on the 1st. Pickup for Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday collections will be one day later.