GENERAL VALLEY NEWS
Recycle those Xmas trees for free
December 27, 2016
(MERCER ISLAND, WA.) -- When the holiday season winds down, most Mercer Islanders need a way to dispose of their holiday trees.
It just so happens the city encourages Island residents to recycle their trees and suggests choosing one of the following options:
The City's annual holiday tree chipping service is offered for FREE from December 27 (2016) through Friday, January 13 (2017 for MI Residents only.
Undecorated holiday trees can be brought to the City Public Works Shop at 9601 SE 36th Street (behind City Hall) during daylight hours where staff will chip those bad boys for free and "re-purpose" it for use in City parks, trails, and open spaces.
For safety, leave your tree in the designated location only. When dropping off your holiday tree for chipping:
ˇ Remove tree stands
ˇ Remove all ornaments and lights
ˇ Deliver your tree only during daylight hours
ˇ Note: No flocked or artificial trees will be accepted
ˇ Note: No garbage or other yard waste will be accepted
All curbside yard waste customers can also set holiday trees out on their regularly scheduled collection day.
Trees must be free of flocking, tinsel, ornaments, and metal hangers, cut to 4-foot lengths, and tied into bundles less than 2 feet by 3 feet.
Use biodegradable string or twine to secure bundles instead of nylon, plastic, or other synthetic materials. (Note: Flocked trees are not recyclable and will not be accepted; put flocked trees in the garbage.)
For more information about the City's holiday tree service, contact the City Public Works Department at (206) 275-7608.