Holiday Recycling and Waste

Holiday times can create a lot of waste. More packages arrive on doorsteps. Wrapping paper, bows and ribbons are left behind from gifts. Lights, decorations and wreaths wear out or break. Many are left wondering, "What do I do with it?" Discover how to recycle and dispose of your holiday waste.


Holiday Lights

Lowe's and Bainbridge Island Ace Hardware stores accept used string lights for recycling during the holiday season. String lights are also accepted at many metal scrap recyclers. String lights can be placed in the metal scrap bins year-round at the Silverdale Recycling and Garbage Facility and Olympic View Transfer Station.


Christmas Trees

Take your tree to one of these drop-off sites or fundraisers. Flocked trees are only accepted where *noted. Remove all decorations from trees. New sites or community fundraisers may be identified and added as the holidays approach.

 North Kitsap

  • BSA Troop 1564 & 1804 home pickup fundraiser on Bainbridge Island. Register online. Suggested donation $20 - $25.

  • NK Athletic Boosters. Drop off your tree Jan. 8, 9a-5p or Jan. 9, 9a-4p at Central Market Poulsbo. Suggested donation of $5 will benefit the NK High School Baseball Team.

  • Bainbridge Island Transfer Station. 7215 Vincent Rd. Cost $5. *Flocked trees go in trash.

  • Olympic Organics. 7890 NE Ecology Road, Kingston. Starting Jan. 4. Cost $5. Waived with non-perishable food donation. No tinsel. No flocked trees.

  • Olmsted Tree Farm. 17526 Clear Creek Rd NW, Poulsbo. Jan. 1-2 and 8-9. Cost $5. No flocked trees.

 Central Kitsap

  • BSA Troop 1541 will take your tree for recycling at Silverdale Taco Bell on Jan. 2, 8 and 9. 10a - 4p. Group suggests $5-10 donation. Also offering curbside pickup in Silverdale and East Bremerton only. Group suggests $5-10 donationSchedule at least one day prior to pick up. Contact: scouts.bsa.troop1541@gmail.com 

  • Olympic Organics Bremerton6068 State Highway 303 NE Starting Jan. 4. Cost $5. Waived with non-perishable food donation. No tinsel. No flocked trees.

  • City of Bremerton. 100 Oyster Bay Ave N. and 2929 Olympus Dr.  Drop off anytime Dec. 27 - Jan. 17. No cost. No flocked trees, garland, or wreaths.

  • Darrel Emel's Tree Service. 9405 Provost Rd. NW. Jan. 2 - Feb. 7. No cost. *Flocked ok. Drop on the south end near the train tracks. 24/7

 South Kitsap

​Frequently Asked Questions

Why buy a real tree?

Kitsap County is one of the top Christmas tree-producing counties in Washington. Local trees support our local economy. Unlike PVC plastic trees, real trees can be grown, enjoyed, and recycled right here in Kitsap.

Can I bring Christmas trees to county disposal facilities?

You can recycle (weekdays only) or dispose of unflocked trees  at Olympic View Transfer Station for the minimum fee. Trees are not recycled at the Recycling and Garbage Facilities in Hansville, Silverdale, or Olalla, but they are accepted as garbage (one or two can equivalent, depending on size). 

Will my garbage hauler pick up my tree?

If you subscribe to curbside compost service, simply remove all decorations and cut your unflocked tree until it fits into your cart. If you don't have curbside compost service, you can cut your tree into pieces and add small pieces to your garbage weekly until it's gone. Trees left at the curb (outside a cart) will be charged as extra garbage and will not be recycled.

What happens to the trees that are collected?

Trees are chipped down to mulch or compost, and used in gardens and landscapes. 

Why can't I recycle flocked trees everywhere?

It can be difficult to tell what flocking material is actually made from. Most tree recyclers do not want to risk adding harmful chemicals to their soil and mulch products. If you cannot recycle your tree, take it to a disposal facility or cut the flocked tree into pieces and add small pieces to your garbage weekly until it's gone.

 Guides to Recycle and Disposal

Picture Guide

This list does not constitute an endorsement from Kitsap County.