Monday, December 28, 2009

Dispose of your Christmas Trees Safely

Now that Christmas is over, TFD would like to remind you of the City of Tacoma's convenient and safe way to dispose of your tree. Never burn your tree in your fireplace or yard.

Yard waste container
Solid Waste Management encourages you to cut your Christmas tree (unflocked, undecorated) in small enough sections to fit inside your yard waste container so the lid closes flat.

Curbside pick-up
If you’re unable to fit your tree inside the container, and you are a City of Tacoma resident, the City of Tacoma will pick up your tree at no additional charge from Jan. 11 to Jan. 22.
• Remove all decorations and tinsel.
• Dispose of flocked trees in the garbage or at the landfill.
• Take tree out of the stand.
• Cut into lengths no longer than three feet and bundle with heavy twine.
• Place in container or in front of the curb.
A different truck will come along to pick up bundled trees only. Please note that Christmas trees are the only exception to the utility’s rule that no separate bundles are allowed outside of containers.

Landfill drop-off
Single-family residents may recycle their clean, unflocked trees at the Tacoma Landfill (3510 S. Mullen St.) now through Jan. 24. The landfill is open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily (closed New Year’s Day). For more information on Christmas tree recycling within the City of Tacoma, call (253) 591-5543. Go to for information on tree recycling outside the City of Tacoma.