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For all residents serviced by Murrey’s, American, or D.M. Disposal we will accept your discarded tree in two ways:
1) Customers who subscribe to yard waste service, may place their tree inside their provided yard waste container. Please be sure your tree fits in your yard waste container with the lid closed securely. We cannot take any flocked or decorated trees as yard waste.
2) If you do not have yard waste service, please set your tree out on your regular scheduled garbage day for disposal. All trees must be cut into 4-foot lengths and each section will be charged an extra unit fee.
** Pierce County transfer stations also accept Christmas trees. For locations, visit http://www.co.pierce.wa.us/index.aspx?NID=1541
Residents within the city limits of Puyallup, Milton, and Orting who are serviced by D.M. Disposal have an organized tree collection schedule that is included in your monthly service cost. Please follow the above directions for limitations on what trees we can accept. Also be sure your tree is cut into sections no larger than 4 feet in length. Please set your tree out no more than 5 ft from the curb or sidewalk by 7am for pick up on the following days according to your location and usual collection day:
Tis the season when wrapping paper starts to overwhelm the household recycling system and your curbside containers. The question and decision always comes up regarding wrapping paper—Can I recycle this?
Here are some simple rules to guide you on whether your holiday wrapping items are acceptable curbside recycling material or whether they should go in your trash can for collection:
• Regular wrapping paper
o Remove as much tape as possible and place in your recycling cart.
o Make sure that all your recycling paper makes it into your grey recycling tote and allows the tote lid to close completely. This protects the recyclables inside from the elements and being blown the street by a gust of wind. It also insures that the trucks are able to pick up the totes as overstuffed containers sometimes don’t work properly with the automated trucks. If your recycling container is overflowing, save your overflow wrapping for then next regularly scheduled pick-up day, or feel free to drop off at a local recycling drop off center for free.
• Paper Name tags from gifts
o Remove any string or other decorative material from the tag
o Make sure there is not glitter or foil paper on the tag
o Try saving your ribbons and box for re-use next year. If you wish not to use these again, but the bows are still in good condition, consider a donation to the Good Will, Saint Vincent De Paul, Salvation Army, Habitat for Humanity or any other charitable organization that could make them available for re-use. You may also check the Pierce County website for more creative ideas on re-using holiday bows to help reduce your overall waste. www.piercecountywa.org/recycle
• Plastic packaging film from gifts boxes
o This plastic is too thin and the material causing issues at the sorting facility if placed in your recycling container
Thank you for your interest and support in recycling and we wish everyone a happy holiday and prosperous 2015!
Our drivers work all weekday holidays except Thanksgiving Day (the 4th Thursday in November), Christmas Day (December 25th), & New Year’s Day (January 1st). If your collection day falls on or in the week after one of these three holidays, collection will be one day later that week only. Please see the chart below for collection schedules for the 2014/2015 holidays:
Please be advised our office and phone lines will be closed on Christmas Eve (12/24) at 3:00 pm & all day on Christmas day (12/25) & New Years Day (1/1/15). For further questions, please call our customer service line at 253-414-0345 or 1-888-806-7048.