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February 06
​Record Number of Christmas Trees Recycled for Happy Trails at Wake County Parks

More than 6,600 trees produced 114 tons of mulch

The next time you step out on the trail, you can thank Wake County residents for stepping up to recycle a record number of Christmas trees into mulch.

happy-trails-results.jpgIn the month following Christmas, Wake County residents recycled 6,645 trees to produce 114 tons of mulch that will fortify and beautify park trails around the county through the Happy Trails Christmas Tree Recycling Program.

“We love Happy Trails, because it takes trees that might have ended up in the landfill, and, instead, turns them into a valuable resource for our parks,” said Chris Snow, director of Wake County Parks, Recreation and Open Space. “Next time you hike in Wake County, take a second to thank your neighbors for some of that cushion beneath your feet.”

The 2019–2020 Happy Trails season broke records for the number of trees recycled and the tonnage of mulch produced. Since its inception in 2012, the program has collected nearly 40,000 trees and produced about 782 tons of nutrient-rich, aroma-filled mulch to improve Wake County’s park trails.

Happy Trails is a partnership between Wake County’s Solid Waste Management Division and the Parks, Recreation and Open Space Division. When the program is in effect, residents can recycle trees seven days a week at eight parks and solid waste convenience centers located around the county.

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