Image courtesy Wikimedia.

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How to recycle your holiday trees, lights

You can either have the city of Enumclaw pick it up, or drive it to the nearby transfer station.

The 12 days of Christmas are over, and now Enumclaw residents are looking for what to do with their trees.

If you’re on top of it, residents who pay for yard waste services can put their un-flocked trees out by their bins to be picked up on their regularly-scheduled service days through Friday, Jan. 10.

But if you want to keep your holiday decorations up a little longer, King County has you covered by allowing you to recycle your tree at the Enumclaw Transfer Station, which is open daily from 9 to 5 p.m.

Recycling a tree costs $12, although King County’s Cleanup LIFT program offers a $12 discount for residents who are enrolled in the ProviderOne, EBT, or ORCA LIFT programs (show your card upon entry).

To be recycled, trees must be under 8 feet tall, and have no decorations, which includes flocking, lights, and garland. No artificial trees will be accepted.

You can also recycle your tree for free at the Covington-based Rainier Wood Recyclers (28411 Covington Way S.E.) between the hours of 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, or Saturday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

RECYCLING CHRISTMAS LIGHTS

It’s as likely as not that by the end of the holiday season, you have more than a few burnt-out Christmas lights that you either need to fix or dispose of.

However, there are several holiday light recycling programs around Washington and beyond that will recycle your lights, rather than ship them off to a landfill.

None are local, but Christmas Light Source allows you to mail in your lights — just box them up and ship them to: Christmas Light Source Recycling Program, 4313 Elmwood Drive, Benbrook, YX, 76116. The proceeds from recycling Christmas lights goes to buying gifts for the DFW Marine Toys for Tots Foundation.

Additionally, if you include your name and email address in the box, Christmas Light Source will email you a 10 percent discount off a single order of Christmas lights.

Holiday LEDs also has a mail-in recycling program, and lights can be send to: Holiday LEDS Recycling, 2300 S. 170th St., New Berlin, WI 53151. After shipping your lights, you can fill out a Christmas light recycling form to receive a 15 percent discount on new lights.

For additional Puget Sound and Seattle-area light recycling programs, visit https://kingcounty.gov/depts/dnrp/solid-waste/programs/ecoconsumer/green-holidays/holiday-light-recycling.aspx.


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