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Recycle your Styrofoam at Whole Foods in Laurelhurst

Cut-up holiday trees can go in green yard debris carts

Some peoples' garbage cans might be overflowing after unwrapping Christmas and Hannukah gifts, now that Portlanders have garbage pickup every other week, instead of weekly.

Folks can minimize their waste by taking polystyrene packaging, also known as Styrofoam, to the Laurelhurst Whole Foods' Holiday Styrofoam Round Up, from Monday, Dec. 26th to Saturday, Dec. 31st, between 9 a.m. and 7 p.m. The store is located at 2825 E. Burnside Street.

For more information, call Helen Lee at 503-232-6601.

Regular paper used to wrap presents can be stowed in the blue recycling carts.

With the advent of the city's new solid waste collection system on Halloween, Portlanders now have weekly pickup of their green roll carts for yard debris and compost, instead of every other week. That will come in handy for those people ready to part with their Christmas trees.

The trees can be put into the green carts if they are cut up. Branches must be no more than 4 inches in diameter, and less than 3 feet long.

People also can put their entire tree on the curb, though that will incur an extra fee.