West Seattle Christmas-tree-recycling options – and lights, too!

Today’s a little too blustery to haul your tree out to the curb, but in case you’re thinking ahead to the post-Christmas cleanup, here are your options for tree recycling, from the West Seattle Holidays page – plus an opportunity to recycle old holiday lights, too:

FREE TREE RECYCLING VIA THE CITY: For Seattle Public Utilities solid-waste customers, they’ll pick up ornament-free/flocking-free trees curbside on your regular collection day provided you follow the rules, or you can take yours to the transfer station in South Park (slightly different rules), both options available through January 9th – full details/rules here. (If you live in a multifamily building, your recycling rules may vary, so check with management if applicable.)

TREE-RECYCLING FUNDRAISER: If you want to drop off your tree without leaving West Seattle, but with the knowledge it’s helping a local youth organization, here’s an alternative. On January 8th from 9 am-2 pm, the West Seattle Rainbow Girls will be collecting trees in the lot outside the Alki Masonic Hall in The Junction, 40th/Edmunds, $5 suggested donation.

RECYCLING YOUR OLD HOLIDAY LIGHTS: West Seattle-based Fleming’s Holiday Lighting is collecting used (or unused/unwanted) holiday lights through mid-January to raise money for the Moyer Foundation. This is a regional effort with three local dropoff spots are Wyatt’s Jewelers (WSB sponsor) in Westwood Village, The Artistic Framers, and McLendon Hardware in White Center.

5 Replies to "West Seattle Christmas-tree-recycling options - and lights, too!"

  • JayDee December 26, 2010 (6:44 pm)

    I am assuming the unused lights should still be operational? I discarded some prior to hanging (disappointingly, including LED lights) that only lit up half the string, or which were dim). My current ones are still working fine…

    • WSB December 26, 2010 (8:15 pm)

      Actually, they don’t have to be. I didn’t realize this till seeking the answer to your question, and this short blurb on the city website (regarding apparently the same program, judging by the locations) mentions that the money in lights-recycling is through the copper wire in the strings of lights. Who knew?

  • Carl December 27, 2010 (5:06 pm)

    A pity the date for collection, will not allow the tree to be displayed for the full 12 days of Christmas, unless your collection date is at the end of the week.

  • Maria January 2, 2011 (9:41 am)

    Does this mean there will no longer be a tree burning party on Alki? There were 2 dates posted last year.

    • WSB January 2, 2011 (9:45 am)

      If there is, we haven’t received, nor seen, any word of it …

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