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Give Your Christmas Tree a New Life, Recycle It

Tree left by curbThough the 12 days of Christmas aren’t officially over, 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 will recycle your tree for free (through Jan. 23), 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 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.  

Mecklenburg County residents can drop their trees 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:

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