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How to Recycle Your Christmas Trees: 2016-17 Holiday Season

Posted by Nick 6 years, 1 month ago

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A common question we receive from our members around the holidays is whether we collect and recycle Christmas trees. We do not, because this service is already offered through your municipality yard waste service. Just make sure to remove all ornaments, lights, and stands!

How are your recycled Christmas trees used? Wake County, for example, uses them to mulch trails in County Parks. For the 2016-17 holiday season, here are guidelines, broken down by municipality:


Christmas trees will be collected on the same day as your weekly yard waste route (i.e., the same day as your trash route). Additionally, you can drop off your Christmas trees between December 26th and January 22nd at several locations throughout Wake County.


Yard waste customers may place their Christmas trees on curbs anytime between January 3rd and February 2nd to be collected on normal collection days. Non-yard waste customers must contact Durham One Call at (919) 560-1200 to have a “Christmas Tree Collection” service request created between the above dates, to be collected on January 4th, January 28th, or February 4th. Additionally, the City’s Waste Disposal and Recycling Center will accept live Christmas trees at no charge between January 3rd and February 4th. If these trees are taller than 6 feet, please make sure you cut them in half. See complete details.

Chapel Hill

Town of Chapel Hill crews will pick up Christmas trees and wreaths for mulching on the regular yard waste collection schedule. Yard waste is collected on Thursdays from single-family residences on a Monday trash collection schedule, and on Fridays from those with Tuesday trash collection. Residents of apartment complexes should place trees in designated areas as directed by property managers. Additionally, you can drop them off at any Orange County convenience sites like normal brush.


Christmas trees will be collected on the same day as yard waste collection. Additionally, you can drop them off at any Orange County convenience sites like normal brush.


The Town of Cary will pick up Christmas trees--and vegetative material, such wreaths and garlands--as part of regular curbside yard waste collection. Additionally, you may drop off your tree at Cary Citizen’s Convenience Center in the designated yard waste area.


Christmas trees are collected and chipped curbside as part of the Town of Apex’s regular chipping routes. In addition, you can drop them off at a Wake County Convenience Center located in Apex.


Christmas trees are collected on your normal yard waste collection day, which is collected twice each month on Wednesdays. For green and yellow trash routes, this is done on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of each month. For red, blue, and purple trash routes, it is done on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday.


Asheville residents can place Christmas trees at the curb for regular brush collection, but must call (828) 251-1122 to request collection. Additionally, Christmas trees can be dropped off for recycling at the following locations: Buncombe County Landfill (85 Panther Branch Road) & Private Yard Waste Facilities.

In Hendersonville, MountainTrue is hosting it’s annual Holiday Recycling Event at Jackson Park on Saturday, January 7 from 9 am - 2pm. Area residents are invited to bring their Christmas trees, broken string lights, and used holiday cards to be mulched and recycled.

If in doubt, just Google “City Name, Christmas Tree Collection” and I’m sure you’ll find all the information you need!

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