Scroll down this page for local North Carolina recycling and responsible disposal options for holiday waste, from Christmas trees and wreathes, to lights, ornaments, wrapping and packaging. Many towns and cities offer curbside collection, even for Christmas trees. Counties and unicorporated areas typically have a number or drop-off locations.
Christmas trees are usually colllected from December 26th through
the first 2 or 3 weeks in January. Whether your tree is picked up from
your curb, or you drop it off, 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
occasionally accepted (call to verify), 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
curbside garbage hauler.
The trees and wreathes are usually chipped and made into a mulch
which is ofteny made available, free to city or county residents.
Ornaments and light strings are usually placed into your
curbside collection bin. Some localities have year-round
collection centers. The same is true of wrapping paper and boxes.
Always follow the links (usually the blue, underlined 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.
If your area is not specifically mentioned below, call your trash collection
agency and ask!
North Carolina: Where and How to Recycle Your Christmas Tree After the Holidays January 2022
- Asheville residents can place trees at
the curb for regular brush collection. Christmas trees will be collected by the City of Asheville according to the routine brush collection schedule. Residents are asked to remove lights, tinsel, ornaments and stands prior to placing the trees to the curb for collection.. Christmas trees can be dropped off for
recycling at the following locations:
Buncombe County Landfill (85 Panther Branch Road
a Private Yard Waste Facility.
general Sanitation questions:
or call Office: (828) 259-5857.
Residents wishing to dispose of artificial Christmas trees must call 828-251-1122 to request collection.
Buncombe County, NC -
Christmas trees can be dropped off for recycling at the following locations:
Buncombe County Landfill (85 Panther Branch Road
In the city, you can put leaves, pine needles, pine cones and other small yard waste in open bags (preferably 2-ply paper lawn/leaf bags) or
container marked as "brush". Brush needs to be cut into 4 foot length and 6 inch diameter. Natural Christmas trees accepted, remove all
stands & decorations. Brush should be placed at the curb by 7 a.m. on the Monday of your collection week.
Sanitation does not collect brush that
has been generated as a result of work from a contractor or from land clearing. Please coordinate with your contractor for removal.
- 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 Christmas trees and
other vegetative material with your yard waste at the curb by 7 am
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. Cary has an app to help you find your collection schedule.
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. Phone: 919-969-5100. Email: [email protected].
- Beginning the first Monday in January, 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) . 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.
Artificial Christmas trees need to be scheduled for bulky waste
collection. Call CharMeck 311 or schedule online at
www.curbit.charlottenc.gov. Natural Christmas trees can be placed curbside with other yard waste
items. Artificial Christmas trees must be scheduled for bulk item collection. Trees, real or artificial, should be free of any decoration. Lights,
ornaments and other tree decorations should be reused, donated or bagged and thrown in the garbage.
- Durham City, NC -
Free curbside collections for live trees are
only available to current yard waste customers and current exempt service customers. A tree collection will not count toward a free brush collection
for yard waste customers.
Curbside live tree collections will take place from the second week in January 10 through early February.
customers should place their tree at the curb on their normal collection day. There is no need to make a service request.
FREE LIVE TREE DROP-OFF
Waste Disposal and Recycling Center - 2115 E. Club Blvd.
Live trees will be accepted for free disposal at the City's Waste Disposal
and Recycling Center.
Monday, January 3 through the first Saturday in February.
7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday
7:30 a.m. to noon
City Park Drop-Off Locations
Live trees may also be dropped off at no charge at the following six park locations. Solid Waste
Management crews will be on site each of these Saturdays to assist.
from the second Saturday in January through the first Saturday in February.
7 a.m. to 1 p.m..
C.M. Herndon Park, 511 Scott King Rd.
Valley Springs Park, 3805 Valley Springs Rd.
Rock Quarry Park, 701
Twin Lakes Park, 435 Chandler Rd.
Southern Boundaries Park, 3400 Third Fork Rd.
Bethesda Park, 1814 Stage Rd.
All live trees
left at any of the seven free drop-off locations as well as curbside must adhere to the following disposal instructions:
Trees must be cut in
half if taller than six feet.
Trees must have all decorations and hardware removed including tinsel, lights, garland, ornaments, nails, and
Trees should not be inside bags.
person adds a tree to a pile of trees
Durham County, North Carolina
- residents with a current
solid waste decal can bring their trees, beginning Wednesday, December
26, from 7 am until 7 pm to the following locations.
will close on New Year's Day, and reopen on January 2.:
Highway 55, Alexander Drive
Bahama, Quail Roost Road, Ball Road
Redwood Road., Electra
- Grinding of the Greens Christmas Tree Pickup Fayetteville Christmas Tree Pickup Begins on the second Monday in January each year. Trees Will Be
Recycled at the Fayetteville Community Garden.
The Annual Grinding of the Greens Christmas Tree Recycling program, a Fayetteville holiday
tradition since 1994, continues on! The annual program is celebrating its 28th year of protecting and enhancing our environment. Grinding of the
Greens encourages Fayetteville residents to recycle their live Christmas trees and since its beginning, has kept thousands of pounds of recyclable
material out of our landfills. The long-standing partnership between Fayetteville Public Works Commission, Cumberland-Fayetteville Parks &
Recreation and Duke Energy Progress (DEP) turns live Christmas trees into mulch for the Fayetteville Community Garden and other local parks.
Cumberland-Fayetteville Parks and Recreation will collect the trees from Fayetteville city residents in a special tree pickup beginning Monday January 10, 2022. 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 15. All lights, stands and trimmings should be removed from the tree. Residents who live outside the City or miss the pickup,
may drop off trees at the Fayetteville Community Garden, located at the corner of Van Story and Mann Street just off Old Wilmington Road any day
before January 15.. Residents who live outside the City or
miss the pickup, may drop off trees at the Fayetteville Community Garden, located at the corner of Van Story and Mann Street just off Old Wilmington
Road any day before January 19.
- Christmas trees are collected on
your regular trash collection day. Christmas trees are considered yard waste./ Be sure to remove all lights, ornaments, tinsel and tree stands.
Place tree at the curb by 7 am. Call 373-CITY for more information.
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
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..
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
Guilford County provides residents free disposal for live Christmas trees at the Guilford County Farm (formerly the Sheriff's
Prison Farm), located at
7315 Howerton Road, Gibsonville. The site is open from December 26th through January 15th. Drop-off hours are Monday
through Saturday 7:00 AM to 6:00 PM.
Some towns and cities in Guilford County provide residential curbside collection of Christmas trees:
The City of Greensboro collects trees curbside. Be sure to remove all ornaments, lights, wire, tinsel and tree stands. Trees over 5 feet tall should
be cut in half. Call 373-CITY for more information.
The City of High Point collects trees curbside through January 31st. Call 883-3111 for more
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.
Christmas trees are collected and chipped curbside as part of the Town of Gibsonville's regular chipping routes. Remove ALL decorations from tree,
including any nails from the stand, and place at curb for pickup. Call (336) 449-4144 with questions.
- Live Christmas trees and other live
greenery are collected with yard waste. Remove tree stands, lights,
ornaments, wire, and tinsel, then place your tree curbside with
other yard waste. All materials must be stacked in a compact pile,
not to exceed 4'x4'x12' per week. Stumps and root balls will not be
Drop-off 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
Artificial Christmas trees and decorations are
garbage and should NOT be placed along with yard waste. Remove
lights, ornaments and the stand and bundle all the pieces together
as bulky waste. See BULKY WASTE page 8 of their guide for more
Mecklenburg County, NC - Mecklenburg County Solid Waste
will recycle your tree for free (through January 23, 2020), and turn it into
useful mulch for sale. If you live within Charlotte city limits,
place your tree by the curb on your regular yard waste collection
day for pickup. Make sure all decorations have been removed. If
you're not sure of your regular yard waste collection day, check out
the GeoPortal and enter
your address, then click the "Services" tab. If you have an
artificial tree you want to dispose of, you can schedule a
bulky-item pickup by calling 311.
Mecklenburg County residents
can drop their trees off at one of our full-service recycling
centers, or check with your town or waste service provider to see if
tree collection is offered. Trees can be dropped off at the
following full-service recycling centers:
- North Mecklenburg
Yard Waste Facility, 12300 N. Statesville Road
- Compost Central
Mulch and Composting, 5631 West Blvd.
- Hickory Grove Yard Waste
Facility, 8007 Pence Road
- Foxhole Yard Waste Facility, 17131
- Onslow County, NC - The Solid Waste Department
accepts real Christmas trees (lights and ornaments removed) at the following sites:
Folkstone Convenience Center Site at 320 Old Folkstone Rd, Holly Ridge (Sneads Ferry area just down the street from the Food Lion). Monday,
Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday from 8 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. ($1.00 per tree).
- Onslow County Landfill (Tree and Wood Pallet Recycle Area) $25.00
per ton. Monday-Saturday from 6:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Onslow County Solid Waste also recycles string lights, plastic containers, aluminum (cans, pie
plates, foil), metal and glass containers, all paper and boxes for free. Electronics such as television monitors and microwaves can be recycled for
$3. For more information, contact the Onslow County Landfill at 910.989.2107.
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 (which appears to have disappeared in 2022!).
- 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 the end of the third week in January (Usually arround the 23rd),. Drop off locations:
Wake County Convenience Centers - Hours: 7 days a week - 7 am until 7 pm
Wake County Parks - Hours: 7 days a week - 8 am until sunset
Remember to recycle your holiday waste! The following items can be recycled at any
Wake County Convenience Centers
Out with the old, in with the new!The following items can be recycled at any
Wake County Multi-Material Recycling Facility
- 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)
- Baby Strollers
- CDs, DVDs, VHS tapes
- Cell Phones
- Child Car Seats
- Clothing & Shoes
- Computer Equipment
- Rigid Plastics
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 am on your normal pickup day for
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,
visit the Solid Waste page for more information
- Recycle your Christmas tree! Single-family homes inside the city limits can place trees by the curb for regular brush pick-up. All
lights, decorations, stands and nails must be removed from trees. Please be aware that it may take several weeks to collect all the trees. Citizens
may also take their tree to locations for collection.
Call CityLink 311 or 336-727-8000 for more information.
Forsyth County Center Number 2, beside Vienna Volunteer Fire Department at:
445 Lindsay Street, Kernersville, NC
27284. Phone: 336-723-2784.
Forsyth County Center Number 2, beside Vienna Volunteer Fire Department at:
6328 Yadkinville Road, Pfafftown,
NC 27040. Phone: 336-723-2784.
Hanes Mill Road Landfill
325 Hanes Mill Road,
Winston-Salem, NC 27105. Phone: 336-661-4900