Did you use a cut tree in your holiday decor? There are a few options available to Mercer Island residents to recycle these cut live trees.
Until January 10th, the City of Mercer Island will accept cut live holiday trees at the city’s Maintenance Shop, located at 9601 SE 36th Street. Residents can bring them by during daylight hours and the trees will be chipped to be used in city parks, trails and open spaces. In order to be chipped, the trees must not be flocked, plus stands and all ornaments must be removed. No artificial trees will be accepted at this collection site.
Cut holiday trees can also be placed in yard debris collection bins, if you receive that service from Allied Waste. The trees cannot be flocked, and all decoration (tinsel, ornaments and metal hangers) need to be removed. The trees also need to be cut into 4-foot lengths and tied into bundles less than 2 feet by 3 feet wide. The ties need to be biodegradable string or twine.