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Holiday garbage & recycling tips

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Holiday schedule changes, how to set out your holiday tree, and what to do with extra holiday trash.


Holiday delays

If your garbage, recycling, and compost pick-up day is Wednesday, Thursday or Friday, expect a one-day delay after Christmas and New Year’s.

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Snow or ice

In case of bad weather, your pick-up may be delayed. Leave bins at the curb. Your garbage company will come as soon as they can.

An illustration showing garbage bins with snow on them, and a snowman saying "Leave bins at the curb."

Holiday trees

After the holidays, remove all tree decorations before setting out for pick-up.

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You have two options for disposing of your holiday tree:

  1. Set out your whole tree (6-feet or shorter) for a $5 charge.
  2. Or cut your tree into pieces (3-feet or shorter), and place in your compost bin for no extra charge (make sure the lid closes). 
An illustration showing green bins with christmas trees next to them, the left has a full tree next to it, and the right has a cut up tree inside

Note: Artificial trees and trees “flocked” with fake snow should be put at curb for pick-up as garbage ($5).

Extra trash

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Set out extra bags or cans (32 gal and 55 lbs max) for $5 each.

For large, bulky items that don’t fit into your garbage bin (like furniture or mattresses), call your garbage company for a cost estimate (prices vary). If the item is still in good condition, consider donating! Call 503-234-3000 to find out donation organizations, drop-off locations and pick-up options.


If you rent a house or apartment, ask your property manager before setting out whole trees, extra garbage or bulky items.