Recycle Your Christmas Tree After the Holidays

Drop off undecorated trees Dec. 26-Jan. 27
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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. 27, 2018. Please note that all facilities will be closed Jan. 1, 2018, in observance of the New Year’s Day holiday.

The following convenience centers are open for tree drop-offs from 7 a.m.-7 p.m., seven days a week:

The following Wake County parks will accept trees from 8 a.m. until sunset, seven days a week:

Decorated and fake trees will not be accepted.

Since 2012, the Happy Trails program has collected more than 27,938 trees and produced about 558 tons of nutrient-rich, aroma-filled mulch to improve Wake County’s park trails. Last year, residents recycled 5,242 trees, creating more than 105 tons of mulch.


Source: Wake County Solid Waste Management Division


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