Tacoma residents may recycle Christmas trees free

City of Tacoma Solid Waste Management will pick up undecorated and unflocked Christmas trees from residential garbage customers at no additional charge. Tacoma apartments and businesses may dispose of undecorated and unflocked trees free by bringing them to the City of Tacoma Landfill. Drop trees off at the education turnout area, just before the Recycling Center. Apartment managers or landlords who collect tenants’ trees may drop them off all at once for free. Please call (253) 591-5543 in advance. Tree lot operators and nonprofit groups must pay for disposal. The Tacoma Landfill, 3510 S. Mullen St., will accept trees until Jan. 22, 2006. Trees may be dropped off between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. every day except New Year’s Day when the landfill is closed. Trees must be free of tinsel, ornaments, flocking and stands.

Solid Waste Management will pick up trees on Tacoma residential garbage customers’ regular recycling and yard waste collections days until Jan. 22, 2006. If trees will not fit inside the yard waste container, cut it into lengths no longer than 3 feet, bundle with heavy twine and place next to yard waste containers. Trees left next to containers will be collected separately from container contents. Decorated or flocked trees cannot be recycled and must go in the garbage. Customers with questions about Christmas tree recycling may call (253) 591-5543.