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Recycling and Disposal Stations Closed Jan 1 / Free Tree Recycling Through Jan. 9

SEATTLE — The City of Seattle’s North Recycling and Disposal Station in the Fremont/Wallingford area and the South Recycling and Disposal Station in the South Park area will be closed on New Year’s Day, January 1, 2011. Curbside garbage, food and yard waste, and recycling collections are on normal schedule this week.

Seattle residents who subscribe to curbside food and yard waste collection can put their trees and wreaths out on their regular collection day at no extra charge through Jan. 9, 2011. Trees should be cut into sections of six feet long or shorter, with branches trimmed to less than four feet to fit into the collection trucks. Sections should be bundled with string or twine. Multi-family buildings can put out one tree next to each yard waste cart at no extra charge.

Plastic trees, trees and wreaths with tinsel and decorations, and flocked trees are not recyclable and will be collected as extra garbage. Customers will need to cut decorated/extra garbage trees into three-foot pieces and each piece will be charged as extra garbage. Starting January 1, each unit of extra garbage will cost $8.10.

Seattle residents can also drop off their holiday trees and wreaths for free at Seattle Public Utilities’ North and South Recycling and Disposal stations through Jan. 9, 2011. The tree sections must be cut to eight feet or less in length and the trunk must be four inches or smaller in diameter. The limit is three trees per vehicle. Only trees without flocking or decoration may be disposed free of charge.

The North Recycling and Disposal Station is located at North 34th Street and Carr Place North. The South Recycling and Disposal Station is located at 2nd Avenue South and South Kenyon Street. Except for Christmas and New Year’s Day, the stations are open daily from 8:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

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