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No Garbage, Recycling, or Food and Yard Waste Collection on New Year’s Day

Recycling and Disposal Station Closed January 1st.

No garbage, recycling, or food and yard waste collections are scheduled in Seattle on New Year’s Day, Friday, Jan. 1, 2016. All regular Friday collections will be collected on Saturday. Customers should have their containers out before 7 a.m. to ensure collection.

Free Holiday Tree Composting: Seattle residents can put their Christmas trees and holiday greens out next to their food and yard waste carts on their regular collection day at no extra charge through Jan. 31, 2016. Multifamily buildings may put out one tree next to each food and yard waste cart per collection day at no extra charge during this time.

Trees should be cut into sections no longer than six feet, with branches trimmed to less than four feet to fit into the collection trucks. Sections should be bundled with string or non-plastic twine. Metal, plastic and ornaments in trees and wreaths must be removed.

Customers may continue to set out holidays greens after Jan. 31 with a fee charged for materials that are outside the food and yard waste cart.

Flocked or plastic trees, or trees that have tinsel or ornaments on them, will be collected with the garbage. Customers will need to cut these trees into three-foot pieces and will be charged extra garbage fees if they are outside the garbage can.

Seattle residents can also drop off holiday trees and greens for free at Seattle Public Utilities’ South Transfer Station through Jan. 31, 2016. 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 and wreaths without flocking or decoration may be composted free of charge. 

South Transfer Station Hours: The City of Seattle’s South Transfer Station in the South Park area will be closed on New Year’s Day, Jan. 1.

The South Transfer Station is open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. through Jan. 15, 2016. Hours will change to 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. beginning Jan. 16, 2016.