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December 20
​Recycle Your Christmas Tree After the Holidays and Help Revitalize Park Trails

Drop off undecorated trees through Jan. 28

Now that the holidays are over, have you considered what to do with your Christmas tree once you take down the decorations?

In Wake County, Christmas trees have another purpose beyond the holiday season. Through the Happy Trails Christmas Tree Recycling Program, Wake County residents can have their Christmas trees recycled into mulch, which is then used to improve trails at county parks. The program is a partnership between Wake County’s Solid Waste Management Division, and the Parks, Recreation and Open Space Division.

All Wake County residents are invited to drop off their real, undecorated trees for recycling at the following locations from now through Jan. 28.

Convenience Centers from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m., seven days a week:

County parks from 8 a.m. until sunset, seven days a week:

Decorated and artificial trees will not be accepted.

Since 2012, more than 22,696 trees have been collected through the Happy Trails program, resulting in approximately 453 tons of nutrient-rich, aroma-filled mulch to improve Wake County’s park trails. Last year, residents recycled 5,261 trees, creating more than 105 tons of mulch.

About the Wake County Solid Waste Management Division
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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