Give that Christmas Tree a New Life – Recycle It!

Though the 12 days of Christmas aren’t even halfway over, practicality (and an ever-increasing shower of dry pine needles on the floor) sometimes calls for taking down the tree before the pipers start piping or drummers start drumming.

Though you might be tempted, don’t burn that Christmas tree! Mecklenburg County Solid Waste and Recycling will recycle your tree for free, and turn it into useful mulch for sale. If you live within Charlotte city limits, place your tree by the curb on your regular yard waste collection day starting January 3, 2011 for pickup. Make sure all decorations have been removed.

If you’re not sure of your regular yard waste collection day, check out the GeoPortal and enter your address, then click the “Services” tab. If you have an artificial tree you want to dispose of, you can schedule a bulky-item pickup by calling 311.

Residents outside city or town limits can drop their tree off at one of our full-service recycling centers, or check with your town or waste service provider to see if tree collection is offered. Trees can be dropped off at the following full-service recycling centers:

• North Mecklenburg Yard Waste Facility, 12300 N. Statesville Road

• Compost Central Mulch and Composting, 5631 West Blvd.

• Hickory Grove Yard Waste Facility, 8007 Pence Road

• Foxhole Yard Waste Facility, 17131 Lancaster Highway
For more information on recycling and waste reduction during the holidays, visit