Oh Christmas tree, oh Christmas tree, how lovely are thy branches.
But those branches do not always stay lovely. The once beautiful tree adorned with tinsel and ornaments is slowly turning brown and losing its pine needles. Soon you will need to properly dispose of your Christmas tree.
How to Recycle Your Christmas Tree In Raleigh and the Triangle
- City of Raleigh
In the city of Raleigh, residents should place their discarded Christmas trees at the side of the curb by seven am on their normal yard waste collection day. If you would like to drop off your tree, you may drop it off at the yard waste recycling center. There is a charge for this service.
- Town of Cary
If you are a resident of Cary, you have two options for disposing of your Christmas tree, both at no charge. You can place your Christmas tree and other vegetative materials such wreaths or garland at your curb by seven am on your regular yard waste collection day. You may also drop off your Christmas tree at the Citizen’s Convenience Center, which is located at 313 North Dixon Ave.
- City of Durham
If you are a yard waste customer who lives in the city of Durham, you may place your discarded Christmas tree curbside on the day of yard waste collection between the dates of January 3rd and February 2nd. The trees must be cut in half if they are greater than 6 feet in length. They must also be stripped of all tinsel and decorations. For non-yard waste customers, you need to call to schedule a pick-up of your tree. Residents of Durham also have the option to dispose of their Christmas tree free of charge at the city’s recycling center.
Other Ways to Recycle Your Christmas Tree
- Animal Habitats
If you are in a more rural neighborhood you can create a welcoming habitat for wildlife with your discarded Christmas tree. You can plant tree upright, giving a place for birds to perch or you can place the tree on its side to give wildlife shelter on your property
Christmas trees are an excellent source for wood chips and mulch for your yard.
- Beach Erosion
Feel like taking a trip to the beach? Recycled Christmas trees are commonly used along the coastline to help prevent erosion of beaches and to build up sand dunes.