Where to Recycle Christmas Trees in the Triangle

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No rush, but when you're ready to say goodbye to the Christmas season, here's some information about where to recycle your Christmas Tree.

The Town of Apex is collecting real Christmas trees as part of regular yard waste collection services. Remove all decorations from trees, including any nails from the stand, and place at the curb for pickup on your scheduled day. More info.

Chapel Hill
Town crews from Town of Chapel Hill’s Solid Waste Services will pick up trees and wreaths for mulching on the regular yard waste collection schedule.

Remove all decorations, tinsel and wire before leaving trees and wreaths at the curbside along with other yard waste. Residents of apartment complexes should place trees in the area designated by property managers.

Post-holiday trees and wreaths will be collected as part of the regular yard waste collection schedule. Please remove all decorations from the tree or wreath, including tinsel and any nails from the stand. Trees and wreaths should be placed at the curbside with other yard waste. More info.

Remove artificial decorations, including wire, tinsel, lights, etc. Place the item at your curb by 7 a.m. on your scheduled yard waste collection day. Alternatively, you can drop it off at Citizen’s Convenience Center, 313 N. Dixon Avenue, Cary. More info.

City of Durham will pick up your tree for free, if you’re a current yard waste customer, starting January 2, 2024. A tree collection will not count toward a free brush collection for yard waste customers. If the tree is taller than six feet it must be cut in half.

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.

Tuesday, January 2, through Saturday, February 3, 2024
7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday
7:30 a.m. to noon on Saturday

City Park Drop-Off Locations:
Live trees may also be dropped off at no charge at the following seven park locations. Solid Waste Management crews will be on site each of these Saturdays to assist.

Saturday, January 6; Saturday, January 13; Saturday, January 20; and Saturday, January 27.
7 a.m. to 12 p.m..


C.M. Herndon Park, 511 Scott King Rd.
Valley Springs Park, 3805 Valley Springs Rd.
Rock Quarry Park, 701 Stadium Dr.
Merrick-Moore Park, 632 N. Hoover Rd .
Southern Boundaries Park, 3400 Third Fork Rd.
Bethesda Park, 1814 Stage Rd.
Campus Hills (parking lot), 2000 S Alston Ave.

The Town collects Christmas trees at no charge through curbside pickup or a drop-off Convenience Center from December 26, 2023, thru January 31, 2024.

Curbside Pick-up Option: Place the Christmas tree curbside with the lights, tinsel, wire, ornaments, and stand removed. Please also remove any nails. Trees will be removed as time warrants, so please leave your tree curbside and it will be collected as soon as possible.

Drop off Convenience Option: Trees may also be dropped at the convenience center located at Action Park, 609 Wake Chapel Road during the time frame stated above.

The City of Raleigh will pick up your tree on your regular trash pick-up day.

Don’t put the tree in a container. Leave it right on the ground
Be sure to remove all decorations and lights
Don’t put Christmas lights in the recycling cart. Use them next year. When it’s time to dispose of them, put them in the garbage
Only live trees can be recycled

Wake Forest
The Town of Wake Forest recycles Christmas trees. Check wakeforestnc.gov for the start date, when announced.

The Town of Wake Forest is encouraging residents to make recycling a holiday tradition by recycling their live Christmas trees. Town crews will collect and recycle live Christmas trees from residential homes during yard waste collection. The trees will be ground into mulch and made available for free to residents upon request.

All Wake Forest residents whose yard waste is collected by the Town may participate in the “Treecycling” program. To recycle your Christmas tree, remove all decorations, tinsel, nails, stands, and bags from the tree and set it behind the curb for collection. Residents are reminded that artificial trees cannot be recycled. For more information, email the Public Works Department at publicworksdept@wakeforestnc.gov.

Wake County
If your municipality doesn’t provide waste removal, or you’d like to drop off your tree, you can drop off your tree at several Wake County convenience centers and parks.

Drop off your undecorated tree at designated locations from Dec. 26, 2023, until Jan. 28, 2024. Note that all facilities will be closed for New Year’s Day on Monday, January 1.

Wake County Convenience Centers
Hours: 7 days a week, 7 a.m. until 7 p.m.

Site 1: 10505 Old Stage Road, Garner
Site 2: 6120 Old Smithfield Road, Apex
Site 4: 3600 Yates Mill Pond Road, Raleigh
Site 11: 5051 Wendell Blvd., Wendell
Wake County Parks
Hours: 7 days a week, 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
Green Hills County Park: 9300 Deponie Drive, Raleigh

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