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Chatham County Solid Waste & Recycling is offering free Christmas tree recycling

Posted Wednesday, January 1, 2014

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Pittsboro, NC - The Chatham County Solid Waste & Recycling Division is offering free Christmas Tree Recycling at the Main Facility for a limited time. County residents may bring their real trees from 7 am to 3:30 pm on the following dates at no charge:

  • JANUARY 2 & 3
  • JANUARY 6 - 10
  • JANUARY 13 - 17

The Main Facility is located at 720 Renaissance Drive off Hwy. 64, 6 miles west of Pittsboro. After January 17, Christmas trees will be accepted Monday - Friday for regular yard debris rates ($20 per ton with a $2 minimum).

Please be sure to remove ALL decorations, tinsel, bulbs, wire, bolts, stands, and pots. Do not bring artificial trees - consider donating them or placing them in the Swap Shops at the Collection Centers if they are still in good condition.

Old Christmas tree lights can be recycled at any of the County's E-Cycle stations. E-Cycle stations are located at all 12 Collection Centers (decal required) and the Main Facility (no decal required). Working lights can be placed in the Swap Shop at the Collection Centers.

Real Christmas trees are a renewable, recyclable resource and North Carolina is one of the top producers in the country. By recycling your real tree at the end of the holiday season you are extending your tree's useful life. All trees collected will be ground into mulch and sold in the Spring.

And don't forget about other holiday recycling options. Wrapping paper, gift bags, gift boxes, and greeting cards can be recycled in the mixed paper bin. These items must be free of ribbons, bows, string and foil.

Aseptic and gable top containers (cartons from milk, broth, soup, juice, etc.) can also be recycled in the mixed paper bin. Residents should save used vegetable oil from all holiday cooking and pour it into the cooking oil recycling tank at any of our 12 Collection Centers (decal required) or the Main Facility (no decal required). Used cooking oil is recycled locally into biodiesel.

For additional information on holiday recycling, contact the Chatham County Solid Waste & Recycling Division at (919) 542-5516.

Chatham County Solid Waste & Recycling

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