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Holiday garbage and recycling tips

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How to set out your holiday tree and what to do with extra holiday trash.
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Holiday trees

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

An illustration showing a christmas tree with all of the decorations removed

You have two options for disposing of your holiday tree:

  1. Set out your whole tree (6-feet or shorter), next to your compost bin, for a $5.10 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). 

Artificial trees and trees “flocked” with fake snow should be put at curb for pick-up as garbage.

How to set out your Christmas tree for compost pick up

Extra trash

extra trash and bulky waste (like a large chair)

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.

Holiday schedule changes and weather delays

Holiday delays: Expect a one-day delay in garbage, recycling and compost pick-up after Christmas (December 25) and New Year’s Day (January 1). This year, only Friday customers will experience a delay; pickup will happen on Saturday. Never miss a pick-up: Sign up for email reminders at

Weather delays: In case of snow or ice, leave your 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."