Post-holiday recycling – trees and lights

On this first post-holiday weekend, you might be taking down the tree, lights, etc. So here’s one more reminder about recycling:

TREES: If you have curbside pickup, you can put yours out in 4-foot-max sections, through month’s end. Or, take your tree – up to three per vehicle – to the not-far South Transfer Station. (Here’s the original announcement.)

LIGHTS: You have dropoff or even mail-in options if you have lights, working or not, that you want to recycle – King County’s website has an updated-for-this-season list.

5 Replies to "Post-holiday recycling - trees and lights"

  • valvashon January 7, 2023 (9:16 am)

    If you like the LED’s, great but if you have some favorite strands of incandescent lights and want to keep them going, I have found mini lamps in bulk at  They have clear ones in various voltages; if you search around on the internet you can find places that have frosted lamps and lamps in various colors, all in bulk.You do you but we prefer to re-use and re-lamping a string of lights isn’t that difficult.

  • CB January 7, 2023 (3:19 pm)

    McLendon’s in White Center is not taking lights this year.  I was just there today and they said no.

    • WSB January 7, 2023 (4:21 pm)

      Sorry to hear that! The county page says the list was updated this season.

  • MM January 7, 2023 (4:36 pm)

    Ridwell is also offering Xmas light collection as their rotating category at the end of the month. A great extra reason to sign up for this great service in addition to all of the other things they normally recycle (plastic film, batteries, light bulbs, threads, etc). 

  • Patience January 8, 2023 (8:30 am)

    We subscribe to Ridwell and love the convenience.Please note, while Ridwell DOES accept many plastic film products, there are a few items that some folks mistakenly include in their Ridwell box that Ridwell DOES NOT accept. **Visit the Ridwell site to see the list of items they DO NOT accept. I have attached 2 examples of what Ridwell DOES NOT accept:

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