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How to Recycle or Dispose of Christmas TreesWhere and How to Recycle or Dispose of Christmas Trees in North Carolina in January 2017

How to Recycle or Dispose of Christmas Trees

In many urban and suburban areas, Christmas trees are collected from curbside during the first 2 weeks in January. Be sure to remove all  remove all lights, wire, tinsel, ornaments, nails, stands,  other NON-Organic decorative materials and other materials that are not part of the original tree. This includes tree stands also.  Flocked trees are usually accepted, but not artificial trees. Large trees (larger than the standard 6 - 7 ft tree) may need to be cut in half to be acceptable by your garbage hauler. But scrroll down this page for more specific information and local links.

What happens to the trees? In most cases, the trees are chipped and made into a mulch which is usually made available, free to city or county residents. Important: Never burn your Christmas tree in a fireplace or wood stove. Burning the tree may contribute to creosote buildup and could cause a chimney fire.

Tips: Always follow the links (usually the name of the city or county) below for updated information, as these agencies often wait until the last minute to change dates or update their information (it's government, remember?). If your area is Grinding Christmas trees into mulchnot specifically mentioned below, contact your trash collection agency and inquire!

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North Carolina: Where and How to Recycle Your Christmas Tree After the Holidays

  • Asheville, NC - Asheville residents can place trees at the curb for regular brush collection. Please remember to remove lights, ornaments and stands. Christmas trees can be dropped off for recycling at the following locations:
    Buncombe County Landfill (85 Panther Branch Road ) or
    Private Yard Waste Facility.
    For general Sanitation questions: sanitation@ashevillenc.gov or call Office: (828) 259-5857.
  • Cary, NC - The Town collects Christmas trees at no charge through the drop-off location and curbside pick up. The Town of Cary offers citizens two options for disposal of Christmas trees at no charge:
    Curbside Collection. The Town will pick up Christmas trees and vegetative material such as wreaths and garlands as part of regular curbside yard waste collection. To ensure collection, please remove all non-vegetative material (lights, tinsel, wire, ornaments, stands, etc.) and place Christams trees and other vegetative material with your yard waste at the curb by 7 a.m. on your regular collection day. Please keep trees up on the curb and all yard waste out of the roadway, away from fire hydrants and off sidewalks and water meters.
    Drop-off Location at Cary Citizen's Convenience Center, 313 N. Dixon Ave. (Off of West Chatham Street in downtown Cary, west of Harrison Avenue and east of Old Apex Road). Turn off of West Chatham Street onto Dixon Avenue and follow to the end. Convenience center will be on the left.  Please leave trees in the designated yard waste area any time of the year during regular operating hours. 
    For more information,call the Public Works Department at (919) 469-4090.
  • Chapel, Hill, NC - Christmas trees are collected on the regular yard waste collection schedule. All decorations and tinsel should be removed before placing trees at the curbside. Residents of apartment complexes should place trees in designated areas alongside the dumpsters but not inside them.
  • Charlotte, NC - Beginning January 5, Solid Waste Services will begin collecting natural Christmas trees for Charlotte residents as part of regular yard waste collection. Artificial trees must be scheduled for bulky item collection by calling 311 (704.336.7600) or online . To ensure your Christmas tree is collected, please remember to: Remove all decorations, Place trees curbside for collection by 6:30 am on your scheduled collection day. Schedule bulky waste collection for artificial trees by calling 311 or online. If you live in a multi-family community (apartment, townhome, condo, etc.) on the City's multi-family contract, please call 311 to schedule collection of your Christmas tree. For more information on Curb It! collection services, visit their website   Christmas tree pickup.  Click here for locations, updated information and more details.
  • Durham County, North Carolina   - residents with a current solid waste decal can bring their trees, beginning Wednesday, December 26, from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. to the following locations. The sites will close on New Year's Day, and reopen on Wednesday, Jan. 2.:
    Highway 55, Alexander Drive
    Rougemont, Bill Poole Rd. Highway 501 N
    Bahama, Quail Roost Road, Ball Road
    Redwood Road., Electra Drive
  • Fayetteville, NC - Grinding of the Greens 2016 Christmas Tree Pickup Begins Jan. 4; Trees Will Be Recycled January 9 at Fayetteville Community Garden. The City of Fayetteville will collect the trees from Fayetteville city residents in a special tree pickup beginning Monday Jan. 4. Pickups are separate from yard waste, trash or recycle pickups and city residents should put their trees out for curbside collection by the morning of January 4. All lights, stands and trimmings should be removed from your tree. If you live outside the City or miss the pickup, you may drop your tree at the Fayetteville Community Garden, located at the corner of Van Story and Mann Street just off Old Wilmington Road any day before January 9. PWC and DEP volunteers will grind them into mulch at the Grinding of the Greens which begins at 8:30 am at the Community Garden on January 9.
  • Greensboro, NC - Christmas trees are collected on your regular trash collection day. Click here for locations, updated information and more details. Be sure to:
    Place tree at the curb by 7 am
    Remove all lights, ornaments, wire, tinsel, and tree stands
    Trees that are over five feet tall should be cut in half or into manageable segments
    Residents in apartments and condominiums should contact their complex manager or homeowners association regarding tree removal options. Do not place trees in a trash or recycling dumpster. State law requires all yard waste, including Christmas trees, to be disposed of separately from other materials. Trees may also be disposed of at the City's landfill, but normal yard waste disposal fees apply. Guilford County has three drop-off sites for Christmas tree disposal:
    1. Guilford County Prison Farm, 7315 Howerton Rd., Gibsonville. Open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. From Highway 61, take County Farm Road then turn right onto Howerton Road. The drop-off point is one-quarter mile on the right. Call 336-449-4720 for more information.
    2. Piedmont Triad Farmers' Market, off I-40 at Sandy Ridge Road. Open 6 am to 6 pm, seven days a week. Call 336-605-9157 for more information.
    3. Tabernacle United Methodist Church, behind the ball field at the corner of Woody Mill and Methodist roads. Open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
  • Guilford County, NC   - provides free, convenient drop-off sites for live Christmas trees. The sites are open from just before Christmas (in case you celebrated early!) through January 15th. There are a few pointers to remember:
    - Please remove all lights, decorations, bags, stands and covers from trees before dropping them off to be recycled.
    - Wreaths, garland and artificial trees are not accepted. These items are made with wire and staples that make them unsuitable for the chipping equipment.
    Guilford County residents and businesses can drop off their Christmas trees for recycling at three sites:
    - Guilford County Prison Farm, 7315 Howerton Road, Gibsonville. Open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. From Highway 61, take County Farm Road then turn right onto Howerton Road. The drop-off point is 1/4 mile on the right. (Call 641-2630 for more information.)
    - Piedmont Triad Farmers' Market, off I-40 at Sandy Ridge Road, Greensboro. Open 6 a.m. to 6 p.m., seven days a week. From the entrance to the market, follow the signs to the drop-off site. (Call 605-9157 for more information.)
    - Tabernacle United Methodist Church, behind the ball field at the corner of Woody Mill and Methodist Roads. Open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
    Some towns and cities in Guilford County provide residential curbside collection of Christmas trees:
    - The City of Greensboro collects trees curbside. Be sure that you conform to the city's yard waste collection procedures to take advantage of this service. Call 373-CITY for more information.
    - The City of High Point collects trees curbside through January 31st. Call 883-3111 for more information.
    - Jamestown residents also have curbside tree collection available. Just place your tree out with your trash on your regular pick-up day. Call the town hall at 454-1138 with questions.
    - Residents of the Town of Gibsonville may put their trees out at the curbside for collection during their extra pick-up weeks. If you have questions, call the town hall at 449-4144.
  • Hendersonville, NC - Christmas Tree Recycling takes place in the parking lot of Field 6 at Jackson Park on a Saturday in early to mid January; but the trees may be dropped off earlier at the location. Tree mulch will be given away to anyone who wants it. Please remember to bring a bag or tarp because the mulch will have sap present.
  • Pender County, North Carolina - The Town of Topsail Beach will be collecting Christmas trees through the first few weeks of January. Trees can be dropped off at the corner of Davis and Anderson Street. To find out if a beach town near you is collecting trees for dune stabilization, call their public utilities department or check their website.
  • Wake County - residents can drop off Christmas trees for recycling at the following convenience centers. Recycle your Christmas tree to mulch trails at Wake County Parks. Drop off your undecorated holiday trees at designated locations from December 26 until January 24,. Drop off locations:
    Wake County Convenience Centers - Hours: 7 days a week - 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. Wake County Parks - Hours: 7 days a week - 8 a.m. until sunset Remember to recycle your holiday waste! The following items can be recycled at any Wake County Convenience Centers :
    • Aluminum, Glass, Paper, Plastic
    • Corrugated Cardboard
    • Chipboard (paper roll tubes, cereal boxes, etc.)
    • Clothing & Shoes
    • Holiday Cards
    • Magazines & Catalogs
    • SBS Board (shirt boxes, etc.)
    • Scrap Metal
    • Wrapping Paper (no foil)
    • ....and more !
    Out with the old, in with the new!The following items can be recycled at any Wake County Multi-Material Recycling Facility :
    • Baby Strollers
    • Books
    • CDs, DVDs, VHS tapes
    • Cell Phones
    • Child Car Seats
    • Clothing & Shoes
    • Computer Equipment
    • Electronics
    • Rigid Plastics
    • Toys

  • Wilmington, NC - If you are a City of Wilmington solid waste customer, the city will recycle your Christmas tree. Simply make sure all decorations and lights have been removed from the tree and put it curbside with any other vegetative debris on your normal service day for city yard waste crews to recycle. Do not place the tree near any storm drains, and be sure it does not block access to any sidewalks. Remember to have all items curbside by 7:30 a.m. on your normal pickup day for service.
    And city customers who have excess recycling can always place it in a box, bin or paper bag and set it beside the regular recycling bin and it will be picked up. Please break down and flatten cardboard boxes. Foil wrapping paper is NOT recyclable, but all other wrapping paper may be recycled. 
    Please call the City Solid Waste Division at 910.341.7875 if you have any questions, or visit the Solid Waste page for more information .
  • Winston-Salem, NC - Recycle your Christmas tree! Single-family homes inside the city limits can place trees by the curb for regular brush pick-up. Citizens may also take their tree to locations for collection.

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