by Kristen Bagwell
It seems like the holidays came upon us so quickly, but there are only a few days left. (Boooo.) With that said, the remnants have to go someplace, so we've collected this handy guide to help you clean up and green up your holiday endings. (If you're one of those people that leaves holiday clean up until after the new year, come back and read this next week. : )
Wake County is sponsoring the Happy Trails Holiday Recycling Program to help us all recycle our "Holiday Waste." The program runs from today, December 26, 2012 through January 20, 2013, and will allow families to recycle the following items: Christmas trees (un-decorated, and no tinsel); cardboard boxes (like shipping boxes), cardboard "chip board" (in paper roll tubes, cereal boxes, etc.); SBS board (gift/shirt boxes); holiday cards, magazines, and catalogs; and non-foil wrapping paper.
You may recycle the above items at five area centers, from 7a - 7p daily, 7 days a week:
10505 Old Stage Road in Garner
3600 Yates Mill Pond Road in South Raleigh
5101 Wendell Boulevard in Wendell
9008 Deponie Drive in North Raleigh
6000 Old Smithfield Road in Apex
If you only need to recycle your Christmas tree, there are Tree-Only collections at 3 county parks, daily from 8 a.m. until sunset:
Blue Jay Point County Park, 3200 Pleasant Union Church Road, Raleigh
Harris Lake County Park, 2112 County Park Drive, New Hill
Lake Crabtree County Park, 1400 Aviation Parkway, Morrisville
If curbside pickup is more your speed, below are the Christmas tree curbside pickup rules for cities and towns within Wake County as noted on www.wakegov.com:
Curbside: Christmas trees are collected and chipped curbside as part of the Town’s regular yard waste collection routes. Please place trees at the curb for collection. All non-vegetative materials must be removed. Christmas trees will also be collected from apartment/condo complexes.
Curbside: There will not be any yard waste collected the week of December 26th. Christmas trees are collected on regular yard waste days beginning January 3rd. Place trees at the curb by 7:00 AM for pick-up. All non-vegetative materials must be removed. Drop-Off: Christmas trees may be dropped off at the Citizen’s Convenience Center at 313 North Dixon Avenue during operating hours. All non-vegetative materials must be removed. Trees should be left in designated areas. Please contact 469-4090 with any questions.
Curbside: December 28, 2011 to January 13, 2012. All non-vegetative materials must be removed. Drop-Off: December 26, 2011 to January 15, 2012. Trees may be dropped off at Action Park on Wake Chapel Road.
Curbside: Collection begins after Christmas. Trees are collected on regular yard waste days. Place trees at the curb for pick-up. The Town of Garner will also collect from various apartments on a designated day (to be announced) using Town of Garner crews. All non-vegetative materials must be removed.
The Town of Holly Springs will begin collecting Christmas trees on December 29th as part of the regular yard waste collection program. The Town has purchased a 105 cubic yard live floor trailer and will transport all yard waste materials to Earth Tec in Sanford. All non-vegetative material must be removed or the tree will not be collected until all materials have been removed.
Curbside: Christmas trees are collected each Monday in January, 2011. Place trees at the curb of pick-up. All non-vegetative material must be removed.
Curbside: The Town of Morrisville will be collecting Christmas Trees during the month of January on regularly scheduled yard waste pick-up days. Green and Yellow (Thursday and Friday) routes will be picked up on January 4th and 18th. Red and Blue (Monday and Tuesday) routes will be picked up on January 11th and 25th. A special Christmas Tree pick-up for all the Town’s color-coded routes is also scheduled for January 18th. Residents should place Christmas Trees at the curb by 7:00 AM as with regular yard waste, with the exception that there is no need to cut up or bundle Christmas Trees into pieces prior to pick-up unless a tree is extremely tall and exceeds 15 feet. Please remember to remove all lights, ornaments, tinsel, and other decorations to ensure a successful collection. If you have any questions, please call the Public Works Solid Waste Line at 919-463-7120.
Curbside: Christmas trees are collected along with regular yard waste on normal collection days. Residents should not put trees at the curbside prior to their collection day. All non-vegetative materials must be removed. Drop-Off: Christmas trees may be dropped off at the City’s Yard Waste Recycling Center at 900 N. New Hope Road, but a fee of $25.00/ton will be charged. Residents will be prorated and pay a minimum of $6.25 and commercial customers will pay a minimum of $12.50.
Curbside: Residents should contact the Town Hall at 556-3506 for Christmas tree collection. All non-vegetative materials must be removed.
Curbside: Christmas trees are collected on regular yard waste days beginning December 28th. Place trees at the curb for pick-up. All non-vegetative materials must be removed.
Curbside: The Town of Wendell will begin pick-up on Tuesday, December 27, 2011 and will continue with regular limb pick-up thereafter. Place trees behind the curb or ditch with the trunk pointed toward the street. Do not place trees in the ditch or block drainage grates. All non-vegetative materials must be removed. Trees with non-vegetative materials will not be picked up. Contact 365-3616 with any questions.
Curbside: Christmas trees will be collected beginning December 27, 2011 during our usual yard waste routes thru the end of January, 2012. Place trees at the curb for pick-up. All non-vegetative materials must be removed. Contact 269-5285 with any questions.
As a part of the Durham County solid waste program, Christmas trees are accepted after the holiday. Durham County residents with a current solid waste decal can bring their trees to one four Solid Waste Convenience Centers for disposal. Centers can be found in the following locations:
- Highway 55, Alexander Drive
- Rougemont, Bill Poole Rd. Highway 501 N
- Bahama, Quail Roost Road, Ball Road
- Redwood Road., Electra Drive
To prepare both real and artificial trees for disposal, residents are asked to remove all decorations, including tinsel, lights, garland, and ornaments. Be sure to separate stands, nails, and other hardware used to support the tree prior to disposal. Durham County’s Convenience Centers will begin collecting Christmas trees on December 26 from 7:00a.m. until 7:00p.m. The Convenience Sites will close on New Year’s Day, and reopen on January 2. In case of inclement weather, residents are advised to call 560-0430.
Residents are asked not to place trees at the roadside for disposal. Durham County Government is not responsible for roadside collection of Christmas trees. For more information visit http://www.co.durham.nc.us/.
Town of Chapel Hill
Christmas trees are collected on the regular yard waste collection schedule. All decorations and tinsel should be removed before leaving trees at the curbside. Residents of apartment complexes should place trees in designated areas alongside the dumpsters but not inside them.