Holiday garbage & recycling tips
Holiday schedule changes, how to set out your holiday tree, and what to do with extra holiday trash.
If your garbage, recycling, and compost pick-up day is Wednesday, Thursday or Friday, expect a one-day delay after Christmas and New Year’s.
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Snow or ice
In case of bad weather, your pick-up may be delayed. Leave bins at the curb. Your garbage company will come as soon as they can.
After the holidays, remove all tree decorations before setting out for pick-up.
You have two options for disposing of your holiday tree:
- Set out your whole tree (6-feet or shorter) for a $5 charge.
- Or cut your tree into pieces (3-feet or shorter), and place in your compost bin for no extra charge (make sure the lid closes).
Note: Artificial trees and trees “flocked” with fake snow should be put at curb for pick-up as garbage ($5).
Set out extra bags or cans (32 gal and 55 lbs max) for $5 each.
For large, bulky items that don’t fit into your garbage bin (like furniture or mattresses), call your garbage company for a cost estimate (prices vary). If the item is still in good condition, consider donating! Call 503-234-3000 to find out donation organizations, drop-off locations and pick-up options.
If you rent a house or apartment, ask your property manager before setting out whole trees, extra garbage or bulky items.