Recycle Holiday Decorations and Greenery

The holiday season doesn't have to result in an overflowing garbage container. You have some options for recycling your holiday decorations, trees and greenery. If you have any questions, please contact a waste prevention and recycling specialist or call 503-846-3605. 

Recycle wrapping paper, holiday lights and more

holiday lights

Recycle greeting cards, cardboard boxes and wrapping paper in your recycling roll cart or community recycling bin.

Metallic or plastic-coated wrapping paper, bows and ribbons are not recyclable. These non-paper products need to go into the garbage or be saved for reuse next year.

Broken holiday lights and foam shipping blocks can be taken to a drop-off recycling center near you.

Give holiday trees and greenery a second life

holiday wreath

Urban residents with yard debris curbside collection service can put holiday greenery and trees in their yard debris roll cart. Cut trees and greenery into 3-foot or shorter pieces. They should fit in the yard debris roll cart and fall freely when picked up by your hauler. Please remove tinsel, wires or other decorations. Excess yard debris may be set next to the cart for an additional fee. Contact your hauler for more information.


  • Service organizations often offer a drop-off location or pick up trees for a fee.
  • Compost or chip the trees and greenery and save the mulch for landscaping projects. 

To find a yard debris drop-off facility or collection event go to or call 503-234-3000.