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December 19
Wake County Program Gives Christmas Trees a Second Life

Drop off trees for recycling between Dec. 26 and Jan. 27

When the holiday season comes to an end, Christmas trees take on a second life in Wake County as the mulch that adorns the trails at our parks.

Through the Happy Trails Christmas Tree Recycling Program, Wake County residents can recycle their Christmas trees into mulch that will improve trails at parks around the county. Just drop off your tree at one of our designated waste and recycling convenience centers or county parks from Dec. 26, 2018, until Jan. 27, 2019.

“This program is a true win-win for Wake County residents and our parks,” said Chris Snow, director of Wake County Parks, Recreation and Open Space. “Last year alone, we recycled 5,242 trees and created more than 105 tons of mulch that fortified and beautified our trails for the new year.”

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

  • Site 1 – 10505 Old Stage Road, Garner
  • Site 2 – 6120 Old Smithfield Road, Apex
  • Site 4 – 3600 Yates Mill Pond Road, Raleigh
  • Site 11 – 5051 Wendell Blvd./U.S. 64 Business, Wendell

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

  • Blue Jay Point County Park – 3200 Pleasant Union Church Road, Raleigh
  • Harris Lake County Park – 2112 County Park Drive, New Hill
  • Lake Crabtree County Park – 1400 Aviation Parkway, Morrisville
  • Green Hills County Park – 9300 Deponie Drive, Raleigh

All decorations must be removed before recycling Christmas trees. Please note that all facilities will be closed Jan. 1 in observance of New Year’s Day.

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.

The program is a partnership between Wake County’s Solid Waste Management Division, and the Parks, Recreation and Open Space Department.

For more information, contact Solid Waste Facilities Manager Grant Jones at Grant.Jones@wakegov.com or 919-856-6436, or Blue Jay Point Park Manager Ben Wittenberg at Ben.Wittenberg@wakegov.com or 919-870-4329.

The Wake County Solid Waste Management Division provides waste disposal and recycling services to residents and businesses in Wake County. The division manages 17 waste facilities including a landfill, waste transfer station, residential waste and recycling convenience centers, household hazardous waste and multi-material recycling drop-off facilities. To learn more, visit wakegov.com/recycling.


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