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Give Your Christmas Tree a Second Life

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Christmas Tree Recycling Offered Throughout Hampton Roads

(Hampton Roads, Dec. 24, 2014) — If a naturally-grown Christmas tree is the focal point of your holiday celebration, think green when it’s time for it to go. Many cities and counties in Hampton Roads offer free Christmas tree recycling after the holidays, and several will even pick up your tree at the curb.

“Recycling your Christmas tree keeps it out of the landfill and also helps you give back to your community,” said Julia B. Hillegass, askHRgreen.org team leader. “Many localities are able to give Christmas trees and yard waste a second life as mulch.”

Made from locally recycled waste, the mulch is then used to enhance neighborhood parks, roadway plantings and public buildings. Some localities even sell their locally-made mulch to the public—something to keep in mind when springtime rolls back around!

To date, the following cities and counties have announced their Christmas tree recycling and disposal schedules for 2014-2015. Please remember to remove all lights, ornaments, tinsel and stands before recycling your tree.

Chesapeake
When: Dec. 26–Jan. 8
Where: Trees will be picked up on the regular trash collection day. Trees placed at the curb between Jan. 2 and 8 will be recycled.

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. Please do not put in a bag or put netting around it.

Gloucester
When: Ongoing
Where: Residents may bring their Christmas trees to any Gloucester County Convenience Center during regular hours. See the list below for locations. Trees should be placed in the brush container and trees will be mulched along with other brush.

  • Middle Peninsula Landfill and Recycling Center – 3714 Waste Management Way (Entrance on Route 17). The Convenience Center at the Landfill operates on the same schedule as the other County Convenience Centers: Monday – Friday 8 AM to 7 PM and Saturday 7 AM to 7 PM.
  • 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.

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 can be disposed of at curbside as part of the bulk waste. Artificial trees should not be placed with leaves, grass or tree branches.

Isle of Wight County
When: Ongoing
Where: Natural Christmas trees can be recycled at any of Isle of Wight’s eight convenience centers.
What to know: Tree should be free of the stand, ornaments, tinsel and lights.

James City County
When: Dec. 26–Jan. 31
Where: James City County’s three convenience centers (listed below).

  • Jolly Pond Road – 1204 Jolly Pond Road – Open every day 7 AM to 5 PM.
  • Tewning Road – 117 Tewning Road – Sunday – Closed, Monday 8 AM – 12 PM, Tuesday – Saturday 8 AM – 4 PM.
  • Toano – 185 Industrial Boulevard (Hankins Industrial Park) – Open every day 8 AM – 4 PM.

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

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 being set out. Christmas trees (live or artificial) may also be brought to the Recovery Operations Center located at 550 Atkinson Way.

Norfolk
When: Ongoing
Where: Natural trees are collected for composting on regular trash day as part of Norfolk’s yard waste collection service. In addition, residents can bring natural trees, holiday lights and artificial trees to the City’s Household Hazardous Waste Collection Center – 1176 Pineridge Road, Monday through Saturday, 10 AM – 2 PM. Artificial trees may also be scheduled for bulk waste collection by calling the Norfolk Cares IMPACT Center at (757) 441-5813, or by completing a request online at www.norfolk.gov/BulkWasteForm. For more information, contact Norfolk’s Department of Public Works Division of Waste Management at 757-441-5813 or email pworks@norfolk.gov.
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 recycled at the Municipal Pool Parking Lot (16 Municipal Drive, Poquoson)
What to know: Tree should be free of the stand, ornaments, tinsel and lights. 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.

Portsmouth
When: Ongoing
Where: Curbside; residents may place their tree at the curb for pickup on their normal trash collection day.
What to know:Tree should be free of the stand, ornaments, tinsel, garland and lights.

Smithfield
When: Through Jan. 15
Where: Curbside
What to know:You must contact the Town Receptionist at 365-4200 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.

Suffolk
When: Dec. 27-Jan. 9
Where: Curbside
What to know:Tree are not recycled, but residents can put them out for disposal for two weeks after Christmas with their regular trash and the collection will not be deducted from their (12) annual free bulk 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. Trees collected curbside will be processed into compost. Trees dropped off at the Virginia Beach Landfill and Resource Recovery Center will be ground into mulch.

Williamsburg
When: Jan. 5 and Jan. 12y
Where: Curbside
What to know:The City Crews will be collecting Christmas trees on Monday, January 5 and Monday, January 12. 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.

York County
When: Jan. 5-Jan. 9
Where: Curbside – tree must be at curb by 7 AM on January 5 for collection that week
What to know:Tree should be free of the stand, ornaments, tinsel, lights and should be no bigger than seven feet in length. 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.

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