Christmas tree recycling offered on North Olympic Peninsula

Once the decorations are taken down, Christmas trees can be recycled for compost at several North Olympic Peninsula locations.

Bundled trees that are cut into 4-foot lengths will be collected curbside within the city of Port Angeles on regular garbage collection days this week.

No tinsel, flock or ornaments, please.

“We don’t want contamination at the compost facility,” Port Angeles Solid Waste Superintendent Tom McCabe said.

Clallam County residents can take their Christmas trees to the yard debris area of the Port Angeles Regional Transfer Station or Lazy J Tree Farm.

A $5 yard waste fee applies at the transfer station at 3501 W. 18th St. The trees are mixed with other yard debris and made into Garden Glory Compost.

Lazy J Tree Farm 225 Gehrke Road between Port Angeles and Sequim offers free Christmas tree recycling from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily.

The farm accepts all trees, not just those that were sold there.

“We have a gigantic pile of them already,” Lazy J co-owner Ann Johnson said Friday.

The trees are processed at Lazy J and used in a natural compost.

On Saturday, Boy Scout Troop 1498 will provide a Christmas tree pick-up service for the Port Angeles-Sequim area for a suggested donation of $15.

Phone Sue at 360-775-8074 to schedule the service.

In Forks, West Waste &Recycling Inc. will collect Christmas trees with its regular curbside trash service.

Trees can also be taken to the West Waste &Recycling facility at 272 La Push Road from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday through Saturday.

In Jefferson County, Christmas trees can be recycled at the transfer station on South Jacob Miller Road off state Highway 20 just outside of Port Townsend.

The facility is open from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

A standard $5 yard waste fee applies for the Christmas tree service, Jefferson County Solid Waste Manager Tom Boatman said.

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Reporter Rob Ollikainen can be reached at 360-452-2345, ext. 56450, or at rollikainen@peninsuladailynews.com.

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