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Christmas Tree Disposal Schedule

COMMUNITY CENTERRecycling & ReusingDec 19, 2017Rebekah Eastep

Author: Rebekah Eastep

preview of assetChristmas trees provide the perfect backdrop for all of our holiday celebrations, but sadly, like the holidays themselves, they don’t last forever. When the time comes to say goodbye to your evergreen trees and wreathes, make sure you consider the environmental impact of your disposal options. There are many easy ways you can reuse your natural decorations. Your pine decor can double as frost protection for tender plants or a home for wintering birds, insects and cuddly critters. If DIY isn’t your style, simply find out how and when your city or county will accept Christmas trees for collection. In most cases, naturally-grown Christmas trees and wreaths collected by your locality can be mulched or composted to reduce landfill contributions. The mulch or compost material created from the trees is a low cost way for your city or county to maintain parks and shared green spaces right in your community. Some localities are even able to sell excess mulch or compost back to the public. Talk about buying local…your spring mulch could be made from your Christmas tree!

But first, there are a few things you need to know. All Christmas trees or wreathes, must be free of lights, tree stands and decorations including tinsel, ornaments and wires. Painted trees or those that are flocked (aka covered in fake snow) can’t be recycled either. Only the natural parts of your trees and wreaths can be accepted for mulching and composting.

And once the Christmas lights and decorations are off your tree, pack them up for reuse next year, donate working but unwanted items to a local charity store or school and trash the broken and unusable items. Do not place Christmas lights and decorations into your curbside recycling container. For a complete list of materials you should be recycling at home this holiday season, be sure to check out this great holiday recycling cheat sheet.

askHRgreen.org wishes everyone a very happy holiday season and an eco-friendly New Year!

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: Dec. 26-Jan. 12

Where: Trees will be picked up on your regular trash collection day and mulched/composted. There are no city-sponsored Christmas tree drop-off sites in Chesapeake.

What to know: Remove all ornaments, lights, tinsel and the stand. Place it separately from bulk waste and regular trash so it can be easily collected. Please do not put in a bag or put netting around it.

 

Gloucester

When: Dec. 26-Feb. 28

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: Natural trees are recyclable as regular brush, and may be placed on the curb as brush collection.

What to know: Please remove the root ball and any non-natural decorations including tinsel and lights. Place tree in a brush pile separate from any bulk trash being set out. Christmas trees (live or artificial) may also be brought to the Recovery Operations Center located at 550 Atkinson Way. Natural trees will be composted or mulched.

 

Norfolk

When: Dec. 26-Jan. 31

Where: Natural trees may be placed at the curb for mulching on your regular trash collection day. Natural trees can also be dropped off at the City’s Household Hazardous Waste Collection Center – 1176 Pineridge Road, Monday through Saturday, 10 AM – 2 PM.

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


Poquoson

When: Dec. 26–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: Natural trees may be placed at the curb for pickup on your regular trash collection day.

What to know: Tree should be free of the stand, ornaments, tinsel and lights. Trees will be taken to the City Landfill and mulched.

 

Smithfield

When: Through Jan. 11

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 mulched.

 

Suffolk

When: Dec. 26-Jan. 5

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: Jan. 1-Jan. 31

Where: Surry County Collection Centers (listed below)

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

What to know: Tree should be free of the stand, ornaments, tinsel and lights. Please ask attendants for assistance to ensure that your tree is placed in the designated container.

 

Virginia Beach

When: Normal trash collection day

Where: Curbside or the Virginia Beach Landfill and Resource Recovery Center at 1989 Jake Sears Road with proof of residency.

What to know: Christmas trees will be handled as normal yard debris and need to be free of any decorations or tinsel. All trees and yard debris will be mulched.

 

Williamsburg

When: Jan. 2 and Jan. 8

Where: Curbside

What to know: The City Crews will be collecting Christmas trees on Tuesday, January 2 and Monday, January 8. 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. 8-Jan. 12

Where: Curbside – tree must be at curb by 7 AM on January 4 for collection that week

What to know: Tree should be free of the stand, ornaments, tinsel, lights and should be no bigger than six feet in length. For all York County residents, including non-subscribers, Christmas trees are accepted 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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