Plan Ahead to Recycle Your Christmas Tree

Planning ahead can make your holiday to-do list so much more manageable. WSU Lewis County Master Gardener and Master Recycler Composter volunteers have announced the schedule for Christmas tree recycling this year so you can get it on your calendar.

Undecorated Christmas trees and wreaths will be accepted from Dec. 26 through Jan. 11, 2015, in the parking lot outside the gate at the Lewis County Central Transfer Station, 1411 S. Tower Ave., in Centralia. Volunteers will be on hand from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays to accept the trees for chipping.

The WSU/Lewis County volunteers offer this community service and environmental program, and will accept donations to support their projects throughout the year. The program is set up for residential customers only. Trees from commercial lots will not be accepted.
The volunteer groups sponsor the annual tree collection event in Centralia in conjunction with Pacific Mobile, the Lewis County Department of Public Works, the Lewis County Solid Waste Utility and the City of Centralia to chip up unwanted Christmas trees into usable material rather than disposing of the trees in the landfill. The volunteers typically divert an estimated 2,000 trees annually from the landfill.

The Christmas trees are chipped up for use in compost bins, trails and other yard and garden projects. All decorations and tinsel must be removed from the trees and wreaths. No flocked or artificial trees or wreaths will be accepted. Trees or wreaths that do not comply may be disposed of at the transfer station, where regular charges will apply. There is a $10 minimum fee for refuse loads weighing 200 pounds or less.

Unwanted holiday lights can be recycled during the event as well as any time the Central Transfer Station is open, which is from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

Holiday wrapping papers, cards and boxes may be recycled in residential curbside recycling containers or containers at the transfer stations in Centralia and Morton.

Anyone with questions regarding recycling may call 360-740-1452.

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