SPOKANE, Wash. – Although the spirit of Christmas (and the joy of new Christmas presents) may still be in your heart, at some point you’re going to have to throw out the tree that is slowly shedding pine needles all over your living room floor.

Luckily, you have a few options if you live in the city of Spokane. Just make sure to take off all of your decorations and put them back in that old box you plan on replacing every year but probably won’t ever replace.

This is only for real trees that haven’t been flocked (AKA covered in artificial snow).  

1. Free Curbside Pickup

You can put trees with trunks no bigger than three inches in diameter next to your trash and recycling carts and the city of Spokane will pick them up for you on regularly scheduled trash days. If your tree is extra tall, the city asks you to cut it in half.

Just make sure to put the trees at least three feet away from the actual carts. The trees will be chipped and composted, the city said.

2. Take it to a disposal center

You can pay for transfer stations and energy facilities to dispose of your tree for you. This usually costs a nominal fee, like any other green disposal. Some options:

  • Waste-to-Energy Facility, 2900 S. Geiger Blvd
  • Spokane Valley Transfer Station, 3941 N. Sullivan Road
  • North County Transfer Station, 22123 Elk-Chattaroy Road

3. Give it to a local cause

There are several groups that will take Christmas trees for a small fee and donate that money to charity, such as local Boy Scout Troop 400, which is accepting drop-offs for $5 at Central Valley High School and University High School.  The troop will also pick up trees through Jan. 6 for $10. Proceeds will help the troop pay for activities, projects and supplies.