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Posted on: December 19, 2022

Yearly tree recycling program for New Hanover County residents begins Dec. 26

NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC – To help New Hanover County residents after the holiday season who do not have residential trash and yard waste pick up from the City of Wilmington, the county’s Recycling and Solid Waste Department is partnering with The Home Depot for free Christmas tree recycling beginning December 26 through January 31.

“Every year, people have natural décor in their homes to celebrate the holiday season, but once the festivities are finished many don’t have anywhere to easily dispose of it,” said Recycling and Solid Waste Director Joe Suleyman. “This program helps make sure that real Christmas trees, wreaths, and garlands can be recycled into mulch and composted to be used in New Hanover County parks, gardens and grounds. It’s a great way for our community to help reduce waste in our landfill and keep our environment clean.”

As a reminder, trees, wreaths and garlands must have all lights, ornaments, stands and tinsel removed before disposal. Artificial trees or decorations will not be accepted. Residents are asked to stack the materials neatly as space is limited and demand is once again expected to be high. Fenced-in areas in The Home Depot parking lots will be marked with signage designating the drop-off locations.

The drop-off locations are:

  • The Home Depot, 5511 Carolina Beach Road
  • The Home Depot, 210 Eastwood Road
  • New Hanover County Landfill, 5210 US Highway 421 North

This program is funded and coordinated by New Hanover County Recycling and Solid Waste, with support from the City of Wilmington Sanitation Department and Home Depot.

In addition to trees and wreaths, items like gift wrap, paper or cardboard boxes, holiday cards, old gadgets and electronics can be recycled at the county's main recycling processing facility, drop-off sites or through the Mobile Hazwagon.

String lights, tinsel, foam packaging, bubble wrap, and ribbons or bows cannot be processed at the recycling facility and should be saved for reuse or thrown in the trash. Residents in the Wilmington city limits can learn more about recycling services and accepted items here

Learn more at or call Recycling and Solid Waste at (910) 798-4400, weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.


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