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Area beach towns announce Christmas tree recycling options

Recycled Christmas trees are used to rebuild dunes on North Topsail. (Port City Daily/File)

SOUTHEASTERN N.C. — With the new year approaching, folks are dismantling — or at least planning to — their Christmas decorations as the holiday season officially wraps.

Area beach towns have announced Chritsmas tree recycling plans for its residents. All decorations, lights and other adornments must be fully removed; the recycling program is for natural trees only.

If you live in the tri-counties but not in beach towns, see what Pender, New Hanover and Brunswick are offering here.

Below are ways to rid the ol’ tannenbaum if you live in the following areas.

Carolina Beach

Starting Jan. 3, the Town of Carolina Beach will start making rounds to collect trees on Pleasure Island. Residents are encouraged to leave their trees at the curb.


On Jan. 9, the Town of Southport will be conducting a one-time tree pickup for residents. All trees are to be left in the right of way by 7 a.m.

No other items or debris will be retrieved.

Wrightsville Beach

The Town of Wrightsville Beach has two ways to help residents dispose of their tannenbaums this season. The town placed a dumpster in the cul-de-sac at the end of Parmele Boulevard for Wrightsville Beach residents and businesses only. It will be in place until Friday, Jan. 6, noon.

Otherwise, residents and businesses should place the live trees on the curbside for Wall Recycling to pick-up and dispose. There is a disposal fee of $30, which would be added to the next cycle of the utility bill.

Oak Island

The island Public Works Department launched a new Grinding of the Greens program, which will shred the Christmas trees into mulch, to be used at various town facilities. Live trees will be collected Thursday, Dec. 29, through Friday, Jan. 13.

Trees must be free of any ornaments, lights, and other non-vegetative decoration, and can be dropped off at any of the following locations:

  • Public Beach Access parking lot at 604 Ocean Drive
  • Nature Center parking lot at NE 52nd Street & E Yacht Drive
  • Disposal Cconvenience Site at 4110 Airport Road (during regular operating hours)

Or residents can place trees in the right-of-way as part of the regular yard debris collection; fund the schedule here.

More information on Grinding the Greens can be found here.

Surf City

The town is collecting discarded trees on Tuesday, Jan. 3. Resident should place the trees alongside the road in front of their homes by Jan. 2 for pickup.

North Topsail Beach

The Town of North Topsail Beach is accepting trees at its Public Works Department; they will be mulched, available for the public to pick up for free after Jan. 12.

Trees are accepted until Jan. 11 at 3315 Gray St. in Topsail Beach.

Annually, trees are also collected to help build the beach berms and sand dunes with vegetation nourishment that, in turn, combats erosion. A group of has been working with the Town of North Topsail Beach to provide convenient drop-off locations, according to the Topsail Guide. However, the locations haven’t been announced yet. PCD will update this once it’s available.

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Shea Carver
Shea Carver
Shea Carver is the editor in chief at Port City Daily. A UNCW alumna, Shea worked in the print media business in Wilmington for 22 years before joining the PCD team in October 2020. She specializes in arts coverage — music, film, literature, theatre — the dining scene, and can often be tapped on where to go, what to do and who to see in Wilmington. When she isn’t hanging with her pup, Shadow Wolf, tending the garden or spinning vinyl, she’s attending concerts and live theater.

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