Metro, others have ways to get rid of your yuletide evergreen

Some folks take them down right after Santa returns to the North Pole. Others wait until mid-January.

But those who are really on the ball look for ways to recycle their holiday tree in late December and early January, when groups are busy taking them in for a minor fee (or for free, including Metro, the regional government. Here are some ways to go about it:

Close to home

n Forest Grove High School FFA alumni are recycling Dec. 29-30 and Jan. 5 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Ace Hardware, 3602 Pacific Ave., and Tom McCall Upper Elementary School, 1255 Pacific Ave.

n Boy Scout Troop 581 will recycle trees in the Forest Grove Elks Lodge parking lot, 2810 Pacific Ave., from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 5, Sunday, Jan. 6 and Saturday, Jan. 12. Donations of $5 to $10 will be accepted. The troop will also conduct a bottle and can drive the same dates in the same location. Call Kim Larsen at 503-647-2951 for more information.

n Duyck’s Peachy Pig Farm in Cornelius is offering $5 Christmas tree recycling after New Year’s Day. Call 503-357-3570 before heading out to 34840 S.W. Johnson School Road.

Go curbside

Residents with curbside yard debris collection programs can recycle their trees at the curb. For details, call your local solid waste and recycling office, Metro Recycling Information, 503-234-3000, or your garbage hauler.

Also, you can find a full list of the region’s curbside recycling resources on the Metro website,

Support a nonprofit fundraiser

Many nonprofit organizations offer pickup services or drop-off locations where you can take Christmas trees and wreaths to be recycled. They provide this service by charging a small fee or requesting a donation. When these groups have ended their tree recycling projects, you can either take your tree to a yard debris processing facility or use curbside service.

You can also locate a Christmas tree recycler using Metro’s Find a Recycler web tool,

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