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2019 Christmas Tree Disposal Schedule

COMMUNITY CENTERGreen Homes & BusinessesDec 26, 2018Rebekah Eastep

Author: Rebekah Eastep

O’ Tannenbaum, O’ Tannenbaum, what do I do with you now?

There’s no denying that natural Christmas trees have a shelf life. They may create a beautiful backdrop for your holiday festivities, filling your home with a woodsy aroma and casting a festive glow over your holiday gatherings, but your natural Christmas tree is probably getting a bit shabby about now. Natural Christmas trees will last about a month with proper watering before they begin to brown and lose needles. Despite all the beauty it has added to your holiday season, you’re probably ready to give O’ Tannenbaum the heave-ho once those dry needles start hitting the floor. While artificial Christmas trees go right back in the box to store for use next year, natural tree disposal requires a little more effort. So what are your disposal options here in Hampton Roads?

We wouldn’t be askHRgreen.org without offering up some waste-free ways to repurpose your natural tree. It is, after all, just a tree once you remove the ornaments, tinsel and stand. So if you have the outdoor space and resources, think of how you could reuse your tree. It could be mulched in a chipper and added to  flower beds. Branches can be trimmed off and placed over new plantings to protect them from winter weather. The tree itself can be placed outside to provide shelter for overwintering birds and critters. You could also use your Christmas tree as firewood to fuel a New Year’s Eve bonfire in your outdoor fire pit.

For those looking for a quicker, easier disposal option, look no further. Scroll down to find a comprehensive list of natural Christmas tree disposal instructions by city/county for all of Hampton Roads.

As of this date, the following cities and counties have announced their natural Christmas tree recycling/pick-up schedules.

Chesapeake | Gloucester | Hampton | Isle of Wight | James City County | Newport NewsNorfolk | Poquoson | Portsmouth | Smithfield | Suffolk | Surry County | Virginia BeachWilliamsburg | York County

 

Chesapeake

When: For two weeks following Christmas

Where: Trees will be picked up at the curb on the regular trash collection day. You do not need to schedule a bulk pickup during these two weeks only.

What to know: Remove all ornaments, tinsel and the stand. Place it separately from bulk waste and regular trash so it can be easily collected. Trees collected during this time avoid the landfill and are brought to a mulching center.

 

Gloucester

When: Dec. 26 – Jan. 31

Where: Residents may place Christmas trees in the brush container at any Gloucester County Convenience Center during regular hours (Monday – Friday 8 AM to 7 PM and Saturday 7 AM to 7 PM.). See the list below for locations.

  • Middle Peninsula Landfill and Recycling Center – 3714 Waste Management Way (Entrance on Route 17).
  • Belroi – 5122 Hickory Ford Road
  • Dutton – 10430 Burke’s Pond Road
  • Court House – 6550 Beehive Drive
  • Hayes – 7599 Guinea Road

What to know: Tree should be free of the stand, ornaments, tinsel and lights. Trees will be mulched along with other yard debris. Mulch is provided free of charge to county residents from the main landfill location. However, residents are strongly encouraged to call ahead to ensure mulch is available for pickup.

 

 

Hampton

When: Ongoing

Where: Trees will be picked up at curbside on regular trash collection day. Residents can also bring naturally grown trees to be recycled at the Yard Waste Transfer Site, 100 N. Park Lane (off Big Bethel Road at entrance to Bethel Landfill) from 8 AM to 3 PM. Monday – Saturday (closed city holidays).

What to know: Tree should be free of the stand, ornaments, tinsel and lights. Place natural trees separate from bulk waste and regular trash. Do not put in a bag or put netting around it. Artificial trees should not be placed with leaves, grass or tree branches. Trees will be mulched or composted at the VPPSA Composting Facility. Mulch and compost are available for purchase by the public at the composting facility.

 

 

Isle of Wight

When: Ongoing

Where: Natural Christmas trees can be recycled at any of Isle of Wight’s Refuse & Recycling Centers.

What to know: Tree should be free of the stand, ornaments, tinsel and lights. Trees will be composted.

 

James City County

When: Dec. 26-Jan. 31

Where: Natural trees can be recycled at any of James City County’s Convenience Centers.

What to know: Tree should be free of the stand, ornaments, tinsel and lights. Trees will be composted.

 

Newport News

When: Ongoing

Where: Curbside or at the Recover Operations Center located at 550 Atkinson Way (Monday-Saturday 8 am-4 pm)

What to know: Remove all tinsel, ornaments and metal stands. If placed at curbside, please place tree separate from bulk trash during your regular week for bulk collection. For more information call (757) 933-2311.

 

 

Norfolk

When: Dec. 26-Jan. 12

Where: Norfolk Household Hazardous Waste Facility, 1176 Pineridge Road, Monday-Saturday, 10 am to 2 pm.

What to know: Live and natural trees must be free of lights, decorations, tinsel and artificial elements.

 

 

Poquoson

When: Dec. 25–Jan. 20

Where: Residents can drop off natural trees to be composted at the Municipal Pool Parking Lot (16 Municipal Drive, Poquoson)

What to know: Tree should be free of the stand, ornaments, tinsel and lights. Trees will be mulched or composted at the VPPSA Composting Facility. Christmas trees and yard waste are accepted year-round at the VPPSA Compost Facility (located at 145 Goodwin Neck Road, York County), Monday – Saturday, 8 AM – 4 PM. Mulch and compost are available for purchase by the public at the composting facility.

 

Portsmouth

When: Ongoing

Where: Curbside

What to know: Portsmouth will pick up Christmas trees on your regular scheduled trash days. Tree should be free of the stand, ornaments, tinsel and lights. Trees will be mulched for beneficial use.

 

Smithfield

When: Through Jan. 12

Where: Curbside

What to know: You must contact Kathy Bew-Jones at 365-4200 or kjones@smithfieldva.gov and provide your address if you have a Christmas tree to be picked up. Tree should be free of the stand, ornaments, tinsel, garland and lights. Trees will be composted.

 

Suffolk

When: Dec. 26-Jan. 7

Where: Curbside

What to know: Christmas trees will be handled as normal debris but during this two-week period collections will not count against your 12 free bulk pickup collections.

 

Surry County

When: Ongoing

Where: Surry County Collection Centers (listed below)

  • Dendron Solid Waste Sstation – 1215 Rolfe Highway, Dendron
  • Goodson Path Solid Waste Station – 409 Goodson Path, Dendron
  • Mantura Road Solid Waste Station – 60 Mantura Road, Surry
  • Pineview Solid Waste Station – 101 Pineview Road, Waverly

What to know: Tree should be free of the stand, ornaments, tinsel and lights.

 

Virginia Beach

When: Ongoing

Where: Curbside

What to know:  Waste Management will be collecting your real trees curbside (minus the tinsel, lights, and ornaments) on your normal collection day. Just remove all the trimmings and set curbside just as you would yard debris. No need to bag, just leave 3 feet of clearance for our crews to grab it. Trees can also be dropped off at the City Landfill & Resource Recovery Center.

 

Williamsburg

When: Jan. 7 and Jan. 14

Where: Curbside

What to know: The City Crews will be collecting Christmas trees on Monday, January 7 and Monday, January 14. Trees must be placed at the curb before 7 AM and should be free of the stand, ornaments and lights. Please place separately from bulk waste and regular trash. Trees will be mulched.

 

York County

When: Jan. 7-Jan. 18

Where: Curbside – tree must be at curb by 7 AM on January 7 for collection over the two week period.

What to know: Tree should be free of the stand, ornaments, tinsel, lights and should be no bigger than six feet in length. Residents who receive garbage collection service through their HOA may also participate, however, in order to provide Christmas tree collections in your community we will need to have approval from your HOA or community management group and designate a central dropoff location for collections.  For information specific to your community, please contact your HOA or call the Waste Management Center at (757) 890-3780.  For all York County residents, including non-subscribers, Christmas trees are also accepted at no charge throughout January at the VPPSA Compost Facility (located at 145 Goodwin Neck Road, York County), Monday – Saturday, 8 AM – 4 PM. York County residents who subscribe to the trash program may bring yard waste to the VPPSA Compost Facility year-round.

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