Tuesday, August 9, 2022

Where to recycle your Christmas tree in the tri-county region

Jason Madero browses Christmas trees with his family at Barr Evergreens. The third-generation company sells about 9% of its trees at its Wilmington retail location on the corner of Independence and Shipyard Blvd. - or roughly 3,000 of 38,000 total sold this year. (Port City Daily photo/Mark Darrough)
Counties will offer Christmas tree recycling into the new year. (Port City Daily/File)

SOUTHEASTERN N.C. — Once you take down the tinsel and pack up the lights, the tri-county region offers opportunities to recycle your real tree.

New Hanover County’s Christmas tree recycling program begins Dec. 26 and continues into the new year, Jan. 31.

“Real Christmas trees, wreaths, and garlands can be recycled into mulch and compost to be used in New Hanover County parks, gardens and grounds,” Joe Suleyman, Environmental Management director, said. “We appreciate our community’s efforts to help reduce waste in our landfill and keep our environment clean.”

All trees, wreaths and garlands must have decorations removed and artificial trees are not accepted.  

Funded by New Hanover County Environmental Management Department, with support from the City of Wilmington Sanitation Department, New Hanover has partnered with Home Depot to offer drop-off locations:

  • Home Depot, 5511 Carolina Beach Rd.
  • Home Depot, 210 Eastwood Rd.
  • New Hanover County Landfill, 5210 US Highway 421 North

Home Depot will have areas marked directing the placement of the tree drop-offs.

Additionally, Environmental Management reminds individuals to be mindful of other recyclable items this holiday season: gift wrap, paper or cardboard boxes, and holiday cards. As well, old gadgets and electronics can be recycled at the main recycling processing facility, drop-off sites or Mobile Hazwagon.

String lights, tinsel, foam packaging, bubble wrap, and ribbons or bows are not recyclable and should be tossed in the trash.

Brunswick County

Individuals in Brunswick County will be able to recycle their tree in the county’s landfill during the month of January. The county’s convenience centers also accept live trees but charge $5 each.

  • Sunset Beach, 746 Seaside Rd.
  • Supply, 1709 Oxpen Rd.
  • Southport,  8392 River Rd.
  • Leland, 9921 Chappell Loop Rd.

All decorations and lights must be removed ahead of the tree drop-off. Christmas string lights and cords are accepted all year at the landfill and convenience centers at no charge through the electronics recycling program.

The landfill opens Monday through Saturday, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. Convenience sites open Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. 

Pender County

Anyone who wants to recycle their trees in Pender County will be able to make disposals at both the Rocky Point and Hampstead convenience centers. Trees are accepted up to three weeks after Christmas, through Jan. 16.

All lights and decorations must be removed.

The convenience centers hours are:

  • Rocky Point, 16232 NC Hwy 210, Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, 7 a.m. – 7 p.m. Closed Sundays and Wednesdays.
  • Hampstead, 250 Transfer Station Rd., Monday – Saturday, 7 a.m. – 7 p.m., and Sunday, 1 p.m. – 7 p.m.

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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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