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Holiday Recycling

  • Holiday garbage service schedule 

    Christmas and New Year's Day fall on Friday.

    Regular pick-up day                 Holiday schedule 

    Monday ..................................... No change
    Tuesday .................................... No change
    Wednesday ............................... No change    
    Thursday ................................... No change 
    Friday ........................................ Saturday

  • Go green this holiday season 

  • Holiday Recycling

    For hard to recycle items, go to Metro's find a recycler

    Recycle 

    • Paper gift bags with no foil, ribbons or plastic coating. 
    • Paper gift boxes with no foil or plastic. (remove duct tape)
    • Paper only gift cards (without foil, photos, plastic cards or musical cards with batteries)
    • Newspaper and cardboard
    • Plastic bottles / tubs
    • Metal cans

    Garbage only 

    • Bows and ribbons
    • Foil wrapping paper 
    • To-go containers and cups of any kind
    • Plastic packaging
    • Styrofoam, bubble wrap, packing peanuts  
    • Paper and plastic plates, cups and plastic forks

    Find out more about disposing of household hazardous waste (batteries, construction materials, furniture etc.)

    Reduce Waste at Home

    From gift-giving to clean-up, use these tips to reduce waste at home and cut costs.

    • Use reusable dishes rather than disposable.
    • Reuse gift bags and boxes.
    • Wrap gifts in fabric, newspaper, old maps or comics.
    • Choose wrapping paper free of plastic or metal. 
    • Reduce holiday food waste by shopping with meals in mind. Use containers to freeze extra holiday food. Get more tips and take the challenge at EatSmartWasteLess.org
    • Choose LEDs to save energy and recycle your old holiday lights and other broken electronic items. Contact Metro at 503-234-3000 to find the nearest recycling center. 
    • Give an experience with tickets, zoo passes, or gift cards to your favorite local business.
    • Decorate with live plants, tree cuttings, pine cones etc. When done, place in your yard debris cart.
    • Use last year’s Christmas cards to make crafty ones this year.
    • Gift handmade items such as baked goods, canned or pickled food, craft items or photographs.
    • Bring your reusable bags for holiday shopping at local, big box and grocery stores. 

    For more holiday ideas, see Metro's Waste-wise holiday information

    Tree Recycling

    Place natural holiday greenery in your yard debris cart.

    Garbage only

    • Foil
    • Ribbons
    • Wire
    • Ornaments
    • Flocking or chemicals/paint

     Yard debris

    • Poinsettias and small plants without excess soil
    • Wreaths without any wire, ribbons, etc.
    • If you are not able to cut your tree, contact your hauler for options 

    Christmas Tree Recycling 

    Apartments and businesses: Call your hauler or Metro at 503-234-3000 for tree disposal options.

    Houses: Cut trees to fit inside the yard debris cart for no charge. The lid must close. No flocked trees, ornaments, tinsel, wires, etc.

    • Whole, natural trees less than 6-feet may be set at the curb for an extra $3.76 fee.
    • Trees over 6-feet tall must be cut into sections less than 6-feet in length. Each section at the curb is a $3.76 fee.
    • Set flocked trees, less than 6-feet, out for garbage for a $5.13 fee
    • If you are not able to cut your tree, contact your hauler for options.

    Tree recycling for apartments

    People living in multi-family residences should contact their property managers to arrange for tree collection services. 

    Apartments and businesses call your hauler or Metro at 503-234-3000 for free tree disposal options. 

    Support a local nonprofit fundraiser

    Call Metro at 503-234-3000 to find out who will be picking up trees in your neighborhood for a small fee.

     Resources

    Metro’s Christmas tree recycling information 

    • Holiday tree recycling

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    •  Cut trees to fit inside the yard debris cart for no charge. The lid must close. No flocked trees, ornaments, tinsel, wires, etc. There is an additional fee to leave whole trees at the curb.