Reminder: MLT Christmas tree recycling options

There are several different options for recycling your Christmas tree in Mountlake Terrace, including local youth organizations, curbside yard collection, composting facilities, or the transfer station.

If your Christmas tree is starting to drop needles and dry out, it’s time to recycle it and put it to good use as compost.   Local Boy Scout troops offer curbside pickup and drop off locations through a program called Operation Dry Needles. Scout Troop 61 will be collecting trees at two different locations in town on Tuesday, Jan. 1, noon – 4 p.m.: Roger’s Market, 23120-56th Ave. W., and Albertson’s, 4301-212th St. S.W. For information on all the locations, times and suggested donations for the scout program, go to or call 425-338-0380.

Waste Management will accept Christmas trees in the regularly scheduled curbside yard collection as long as they are free of flocking, tinsel and ornaments, cut in pieces less than 4 feet long and less than 4 inches in diameter at the base. The next curbside yard waste pickup will occur on Thursday, Jan. 3.

Local composting facilities offer recycling services. For more information, go to or call 1-800-RECYCLE (1-800-732-9253) to find composting facilities in your area. As a last resort, you can drop your tree off at the Southwest Recycling and Transfer Station, 21311-61st Pl. W., for $5 each. For more information, call 425-388-3425.

  1. Hi Becky — this was actually last year’s story on Tree Recycling. Here’s a link to this year’s:

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