Free Drop-Off for Christmas Trees & Holiday Lights


As you pack away holiday decorations, you have options for getting rid of your Christmas tree before it becomes a fire hazard:

  • Through January 31, Christmas trees are accepted free of charge at the Knott Landfill Recycling Center and Southwest, Northwest, Negus, and Alfalfa Transfer Stations from individual residents (no commercial vendors). The tree must not have any flocking, tinsel, ornaments, lights, metal or plastic bases, etc. For information on hours/locations, click here.
  • If you have curbside yard debris collection, you can have your tree collected at home. You will need to cut your tree to fit in the curbside yard debris cart with the lid closed. You can do this for as many weeks as necessary. If the tree is not in the cart, an extra fee may be charged. Be sure to remove all the decorations and the stand.
  • You may also find a Boy Scout troop or other non-profit to take your tree. Information on the Boy Scouts Christmas tree pick-up can be found at

Do you have watts and watts of burned-out holiday lights? Don’t toss them!

String lights can be recycled, free of charge, at Deschutes Recycling any time of the year. They are also accepted for recycling at the Negus, Northwest, Southwest and Alfalfa Transfer Stations.

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