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Free Tree Composting Ends Sunday Jan. 11

Christmas-Tree11Seattle residents may compost Christmas trees and greens free of charge through January 11, 2015.

At the South Transfer Station

Trees should not exceed eight feet in length and must be free of decoration so they can be turned into compost for local parks and gardens. Trunks should not exceed four inches in diameter. The stations will accept up to three trees per vehicle for free. The South Transfer Station is located at 130 South Kenyon Street. For more information call 206-684-8400 or visit

At the Curb

Food and yard waste subscribers can put trees and greens out on their regular collection day. Cut trees into sections, six feet long or shorter, with branches trimmed to less than four feet to fit into the collection trucks. Bundle each section with sisal string or twine (not plastic). Decorated, flocked and plastic trees are not recyclable, and will be charged as extra garbage.

At Apartments

Check with your manager. Multi-family buildings can put out one tree next to each food and yard waste cart per collection day at no extra charge.


After January 11, 2015, trees will be collected at regular collection rates.