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Photo courtesy City of Wilmington.
Photo courtesy City of Wilmington.

Christmas debris recycling is available in Wilmington and across New Hanover County.

According to the City of Wilmington, they will be recycling Christmas trees for free. Remove all decorations and lights from the tree and put it at the curbside with any other vegetative debris on your normal service day. The city asks customers not to place the tree near any storm drains and be sure it does not block access to any mailboxes or sidewalks.

The city will also collect holiday debris such as recyclable cardboard boxes and wrapping paper, which can be put in the Big Blue carts. Excess recycling that won’t fit in the blue carts can be put at the curb in a box, bin or paper bag and it will be picked up at no charge. Customers are asked to break down and flatten cardboard boxes. Foil wrapping paper is not recyclable, but all other wrapping paper may be recycled. Click here for a list of recyclable items and the new 2016 recycling calendar.

In New Hanover County, free Christmas tree recycling will begin the day after the Christmas holiday for New Hanover County residents. The New Hanover County Environmental Management department asks residents living in the unincorporated areas to take their trees to one of three locations this year.

Residents may begin dropping off their used Christmas trees, during daylight hours, starting Dec. 26 at:

  • Home Depot, 5511 Carolina Beach Road (Monkey Junction)
  • Ogden Park (near the baseball fields), 225 Ogden Park Drive
  • New Hanover County Landfill, 5210 US Hwy 421 North

Recycling of Christmas trees will continue through the month of January until Tuesday, Feb. 2 at the the Home Depot and Ogden Park drop-off locations. After that date, residents can continue to bring their used trees to the county landfill free of charge.  Please remove all decorations and lights prior to dropoff.

This program is funded and coordinated by the New Hanover County Environmental Management department with support from the City of Wilmington Sanitation department, New Hanover County Parks department and Home Depot.

In Kure Beach, the town’s public works department will be picking up trees for free until the second week in January. Residents can put the trees out on their property line, and they will be collected on Thursdays along with any other bulk trash.

Carolina Beach does not yet have a schedule for Christmas tree pickups, but the town offers the service free to residents. According to town officials, the trees will be collected and used for future rebuilding of dunes that have been damaged due to beach erosion.

The town of Wrightsville Beach is also providing free Christmas tree curbside pickup for its citizens. Used trees will be picked up on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays throughout the month of January and will be taken to an off-island recycling site.