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How to get rid of your Christmas tree in Spokane, Kootenai counties

Before sending a discarded Christmas tree through the shredder, Les Kienbaum, left and Thomas Mott, remove some of the limbs on January 3, 2004  at North Central High School. (Colin Mulvany / The Spokesman-Review)
Before sending a discarded Christmas tree through the shredder, Les Kienbaum, left and Thomas Mott, remove some of the limbs on January 3, 2004 at North Central High School. (Colin Mulvany / The Spokesman-Review)

Christmas is over, presents have been exchanged and now the Christmas tree is dropping needles everywhere. What’s a person to do?

The city of Spokane offers free curbside pickup of fresh-cut, non-flocked Christmas trees on garbage days through Jan. 13. Trees taller than six feet should be cut in half. Trees should be placed a few feet away from garbage and recycling carts. They will be chipped and composted after pickup.

Residents of Spokane County and Spokane Valley can cut up their trees and put them in their yard waste carts. Customers without a yard waste cart can still put their tree on the curb, but they will be charged an extra item fee.

Trees also can be dropped off for a minimal charge at the Waste to Energy Facility, 2900 S. Geiger Blvd.; Spokane Valley Transfer Station, 2941 N. Sullivan Road; and the North County Transfer Station, 22123 N. Elk-Chattaroy Road. Trees dropped off at the University Road Transfer Station at 2405 N. University Road should be cut into 4-foot pieces.

Trash pickup is on a regular schedule this week and next week. Government offices and banks will be closed Monday.

Post Falls Sanitation will collect trees of Post Falls residents on Jan. 14. Trees must have all decorations removed and be cut into bundled 4-foot lengths and placed curbside before 6:30 a.m. The service is for trees only, not trash.

Kootenai County residents may drop off their Christmas trees at the county transfer stations on Ramsey Road in Coeur d’Alene or on Prairie Avenue in Post Falls.


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