Recycle Your Christmas Tree After the Holidays
Drop off undecorated trees Dec. 26-Jan. 28
Have you considered what to do with your Christmas tree after you open the presents and take down the decorations? In Wake County, Christmas trees have another purpose beyond the holiday season. Through the Happy Trails Christmas Tree Recycling Program, Wake County residents can have their Christmas trees recycled into mulch, which is then used to improve trails at county parks. The program is a partnership between Wake County’s Solid Waste Management Division and the Parks, Recreation and Open Space Division.
All Wake County residents are invited to drop off their real, undecorated trees for recycling at the following locations Dec. 26-Jan. 28, 2018. Please note that all facilities will be closed Jan. 1, 2018, in observance of the New Year’s Day holiday.
Convenience centers open from 7 a.m.-7 p.m., seven days a week:
- Site 1 – 10505 Old Stage Rd., Garner
- Site 2 – 6025 Old Smithfield Rd., Apex
- Site 4 – 3600 Yates Mill Pond Rd., Raleigh
- Site 11 – Wendell Blvd., Wendell
County parks accepting trees from 8 a.m. until sunset, seven days a week:
- Blue Jay Point County Park – 3200 Pleasant Union Church Rd., Raleigh
- Harris Lake County Park – 2112 County Park Dr., New Hill
- Lake Crabtree County Park – 1400 Aviation Pkwy., Morrisville
- North Wake Landfill District Park – 9300 Deponie Dr., Raleigh
Decorated and fake trees will not be accepted.
Since 2012, more than 22,696 trees have been collected through the Happy Trails program, resulting in approximately 453 tons of nutrient-rich, aroma-filled mulch to improve Wake County’s park trails. Last year, residents recycled 5,261 trees, creating more than 105 tons of mulch.
Source: Wake County Solid Waste Management Division