Christmas tree recycling and disposal information

Christmas tree recycling and disposal information

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by 13News Now

WVEC.com

Posted on December 26, 2013 at 10:23 AM

Updated Thursday, Jan 2 at 12:24 PM

CHESAPEAKE - Christmas Day has come and gone and some people are beginning to take down the decorations.  Others will wait until the new year.

If you put up a real tree, you can recycle it.  Several communities turn them into mulch to use around town.

Here is information, collected by HRGreen, on natural tree recycling.  

Officials stress you need to remove ornament, tinsel and stands before putting the tree on the curb or taking it to the recycling center

Chesapeake: 
When: Dec. 26–Jan. 9
Where: Trees will be picked up on the regular trash collection day. Trees picked up after Jan. 2 will be recycled.
If possible, please hold off until Jan. 3 to put your tree out for collection.
What to know: Tree should be free of the stand, ornaments, tinsel and lights. 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: Bring your trees to any convenience centers.
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 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. and Saturday 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
• 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 to:
Yard Waste Transfer Site, 100 N. Park Lane (off Big Bethel Road at entrance to Bethel Landfill) from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. 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
When: Ongoing
Where:  Recycle at any of the eight convenience centers 
• Camptown Convenience Center
34010 Carver Road, Franklin | Phone: (757) 516-2850
Open Sunday 1 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Open Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Closed Tuesday and Thursday
• Carroll Bridge Convenience Center
17634 Carroll Bridge Road, Windsor | Phone: (757) 356-1018
Open every day 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
• Crocker’s Convenience Center
9421 Whispering Pines Trail, Windsor | Phone: (757) 356-1026
Open every day 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
• Walters Convenience Center
3403 Burdette Road, Carrsville | Phone: (757) 516-2852
Open every day 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
• Carrsville Convenience Center
6135 Carrsville Highway, Carrsville | Phone: (757) 516-2851
Open daily 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
• Jones Creek Convenience Center
21203 Boundary Road, Carrollton | Phone: (757) 356-1037
Open every day 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
• Stave Mill Convenience Center
23254 Stave Mill Road, Windsor | Phone: (757) 242-3597
Open daily 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
• Wrenn’s Mill Convenience Center
8196 Old Stage Highway, Smithfield| Phone: (757) 356-1040
Open daily 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
What to know: Tree should be free of the stand, ornaments, tinsel

James City County
When: Dec. 26–Jan. 31
Where: Tree should be free of the stand, ornaments, tinsel and lights.
• Jolly Pond Road, 1204 Jolly Pond Road
Open daily 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.
• Tewning Road, 117 Tewning Road
Monday 8 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Tuesday – Saturday 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Sunday - Closed
• Toano
185 Industrial Boulevard (Hankins Industrial Park)
Open daily 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Newport News
When: Ongoing
Where: Recovery Operations Center (formerly the Denbigh Compost Facility), 550 Atkinson Way off Warwick Boulevard
Monday – Saturday from 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Note: Artificial trees cannot be accepted for mulching but can be disposed of in the trash container.
You can leave your undecorated natural trees in a brush pile separate from any bulk trash to be collected on your usual collection day.
What to know: Tree should be free of the stand, ornaments, tinsel and lights.

Norfolk
When: Ongoing
Where: Decoration-free trees will be picked up at curbside on normal collection day.
Residents can bring natural trees to the city’s Household Hazardous Waste Collection Center, 1176 Pineridge Road, Monday - Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
What to know: Tree should be free of the stand, ornaments, tinsel and lights.

Poquoson
When: Dec. 26–Jan. 21
Where: Drop off natural trees at the Municipal Pool Parking Lot or the VPPSA Compost Facility (locations listed below).
• Municipal Pool Parking Lot 16 Municipal Drive, Poquoson
• VPPSA Compost Facility 145 Goodwin Neck Road, York County Monday – Saturday 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. Closed Sundays
What to know: Tree should be free of the stand, ornaments, tinsel and lights.

Portsmouth

When: Ongoing
Where: Put your tree at the curb for pickup on your usual trash collection day.
What to know: Tree should be free of the stand, ornaments, tinsel, garland and lights.

Smithfield
When: Now–Jan. 16
What to know: Contact Alexandra Pearson at 365-4200 or apearson@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 and lights.

Suffolk
What to know: Tree are not recycled, but residents can put them out for disposal for two weeks after Christmas with their regular trash
NOTE: The collection will not be deducted from their (12) annual free bulk collections.

Virginia Beach
When: Normal trash collection day
Where: Put the tree curbside or take it to the City Landfill and Resource Recovery Center at 1989 Jake Sears Road.  Need 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 City Landfill and Resource Recovery Center will be ground into mulch.

Williamsburg
When: Jan. 6th and 13th
What to know: City crews will collect trees on Monday, January 6, 2014 and Monday, January 13, 2014.
Trees must be placed at the curb before 7:00 a.m. and should be free of the stand, ornaments and lights.
NOTE: Place them separately from bulk waste and regular trash.

York County
When: Week of Jan. 6
Where: Natural trees will be picked up curbside for recycling only during the week of Jan. 6.
Undecorated trees can be brought to the VPPSA Compost Facility year-round.
• VPPSA Compost Facility, 145 Goodwin Neck Road
Monday – Saturday 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Closed Sundays
What to know: Trees should be placed roadside by 7:00 a.m. on Monday for collection by the end of the week. Tree should be free of the stand, ornaments, tinsel and lights

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