Green Neighbors Program

The Clark County Green Neighbors Program was developed and is maintained by Clark County Solid Waste and Environmental Outreach to assist citizens with developing more sustainable lifestyles and building a strong environmental community in Clark County. Solid waste regional planning and programs are a cooperative effort of Battle Ground, Camas, Clark County, La Center, Ridgefield, Vancouver, Washougal, and Yacolt. Funding for this project provided by a grant from the Washington State Department of Ecology.

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Resilient Recycler: How to Recycle Your Christmas Tree

christmas-tree-in-snow Tips for recycling your Christmas tree

After the holiday festivities end, Clark County Public Health urges residents to recycle their Christmas trees, rather than sending them to the landfill.

Before trees are recycled, all lights, tinsel, wire, ornaments and stands must be removed. Flocked and artificial trees cannot be recycled and should be placed in the garbage. 

Waste Connections will pick up trees with yard debris collection or regular garbage service available in most parts of the county. In Vancouver city limits, the yard debris service is now called organics service. Trees taller than 5 feet must be cut into smaller sections no longer than 5 feet, regardless of whether they will be collected with yard debris or garbage. 

To recycle trees, Waste Connections customers with yard debris or organics service can:

  • Place trees smaller than 5 feet in the yard debris cart at no extra charge
  • Place a single tree, cut into sections of 5 feet or less, next to an empty yard debris cart at no extra charge
  • Place a single tree, cut into sections of 5 feet or less, next to a full yard debris cart for an additional charge

Customers who do not have yard debris or organics service can put cut trees next to their garbage containers and pay for an extra 32-gallon collection. Trees collected with garbage will be sent to the landfill and won't be recycled.

"Recycling Christmas trees can provide a second service when they are chipped into mulch. Instead of going to waste in a landfill, the tree's nutrients are returned to the soil when used in gardens."

by Tina Kendall, Green Neighbors Program

 Christmas Tree Drop-off Locations

Residents can also recycle Christmas trees of any size for a small fee (typically $5 or less) at the following locations:

Central Transfer and Recycling

11034 NE 117th Ave
Vancouver, WA
360-256-8482

Hours:
Monday - Friday, 6 am - 6 pm
Saturday - Sunday, 8 am - 4 pm



City Bark

2419 NE Andresen Rd
Vancouver, WA
360-253-8461

Hours:
Monday - Saturday, 7 am - 5 pm




H & H Wood Recyclers

8401 NE 117th Ave
Vancouver, WA
360-892-2805

Hours:
Monday - Saturday, 9 am - 5 pm
Sunday, 9 am - 4 pm
(November - February schedule)

McFarlane's Bark

8806 NE 117th Ave
Vancouver, WA
360-892-6125

Hours:
Monday - Saturday, 8 am - 5 pm
(December - February schedule)

Triangle Resources

612 SE Union St
Camas, WA
360-934-7253

Hours:
Monday - Friday, 8 am - 4:30 pm
(October - March schedule)




West Van Materials Center

6601 NW Old Lower River Rd
Vancouver, WA
360-737-1727

Hours:
Monday - Friday, 6 am - 6 pm
Saturday, 8 am - 4 pm




The Boy Scouts of America will collect trees for recycling in many areas of Clark County on Saturday, Jan. 4. The service is free, but donations will be accepted. Scout units will distribute door hangers with pick-up instructions and contact information in their designated areas prior to Jan. 4.

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