Seattle Public Utilities will not pick up garbage, yard waste or recycling on New Year’s Day. The South Recycling and Disposal Station in the South Park area also will be closed (the North Station in Fremont/Wallingford remains closed for renovation). If your pickup day normally occurs on Thursday or Friday, your waste will be collected one day later this week.
Don’t forget that you can recycle your Christmas tree and holiday greens for free through Jan. 11 if you subscribe to food and yard waste collection.
Multi-family buildings can put out one tree next to each food and yard waste cart per collection day at no extra charge during this time.
Trees should be cut into sections of six feet long or shorter, with branches trimmed to less than four feet to fit into the collection trucks. Sections should be bundled with string or non-plastic twine. Metal, plastic and ornaments in trees and wreaths must be removed.
Trees that are flocked and/or have tinsel or ornaments will be collected as extra garbage. Customers will need to cut the tree into three-foot pieces and each piece will be charged as extra garbage. Each unit of extra garbage costs $10.20. Plastic trees are not compostable.
Seattle residents can also drop off holiday trees and greens for free at Seattle Public Utilities’ South Recycling and Disposal station from Dec. 26, 2014 through Jan. 11, 2015. The tree sections must be cut to eight feet or less in length and the trunk must be four inches or smaller in diameter. The limit is three trees per vehicle. Only trees and wreaths without flocking or decoration may be composted free of charge.
The South Recycling and Disposal Station is located at 130 S. Kenyon St. The station is open daily from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m, other than selected holidays.
For information on where to dispose of household hazardous waste, including station locations and hours, contact www.HazWasteHelp.org or (206) 296-4692.