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Holiday Tree Recycling Plus Tips and Info


Xmas Tree

Bellingham, WA - Holiday recycling tips and info updated for the 2013-2014 holiday season.

Christmas/Holiday Trees

Prep: Remove all decorations (inc. tinsel).


FoodPlus! Year-Round Collection

Place inside Toter®. No extra charge.

Full Toter®? Place tree next to Toter®. Cost: $6 per tree (up to 8’ long). Fee will be added to next bill.

Other seasonal items accepted in FoodPlus! include:

  • Greens, Wreaths, Garlands, Swags, Floral Arrangements, Plants (no wire or ribbon)
  • Tissue Paper
  • Cotton Twine

Curbside Pick-Up (non FoodPlus! Customers)

Pick-up must be scheduled in advance. Pick-up is on regular FoodPlus! day for your service area.

Cost: $6 per tree (up to 8’ long). Charge to account or pre-pay.

Bellingham Transfer Station (Corner F St & Roeder Ave)

Cost: $6 per tree (up to 8’ long). Check in at front office for instructions and to pay.

Holiday Lights, Extension Cords and Wire

These items can be recycled as scrap metal. Please bundle with string, rubber band or twist tie and place next to curbside recycling bins with other scrap metal.

Non-Recyclable Holiday Items—Garbage

  • Ribbons and bows (reuse or throw away)
  • Gift bag handles (plastic) & Foiled gift wrap
  • Styrofoam™ (reuse "peanuts" or recycle through a local mailing store)
  • Broken ornaments and tinsel

Note: Extra charges apply on overweight containers or containers whose lid is not fully closed due to extra garbage under the lid. Extra charges also apply for garbage piled on top of, or beside, containers.

Recycling Overflow—Customer Tips (moderate quantities accepted)

  • Use plastic bins or boxes no larger than curbside bin for extra recyclables. Set next to recycling bins for pick-up.
  • Bag all paper in paper sacks. Place bag on side in bin to avoid wind-blown litter.
  • Flatten all cardboard, tie with non-plastic twine in 6” thick bundles no larger than 2’x4’.


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