E-Waste, Shredding, and Live Christmas Tree Disposal

The E-Waste Recycling, Paper Shredding, and Live Christmas Tree Disposal event will be on Saturday, January 20 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Durham County Memorial Stadium on the home side parking lot, located at 750 Stadium Dr. Staff will be on hand to assist with unloading old electronics, paper, and trees.

E-waste Recycling
Nearly all electronic devices with a cord will be accepted including:
• Computers, laptops, keyboards, mice, printers, monitors, speakers, copiers, scanners, circuit boards, hard drives, computer parts, etc.
• Televisions, stereo equipment, tape players, receivers, amplifiers, record players, etc.
• Kitchen electronics, such as microwaves, mixers, blenders, choppers, etc.
• Telephones, cell phones, and fax machines
• Hair dryers, curling irons, alarm clocks, and vacuum cleaners
• Power tools, cordless tools, etc.
• Electronic toys, such as keyboards and video game systems
• This event will NOT accept large appliances, refrigerators, air conditioners or any other appliances that contain Freon in non-working condition.

Paper Shredding
Confidential paper shredding will also be provided on site. Shredding requirements include:
• Paper may contain paper clips and staples; however, hanging file folders will not be accepted.
• Only paper should be brought for shredding. CDs, DVDs, and other non-paper items will not be accepted.
• All paper should be loose and not in binders or other binding items made of non-paper.
• Residents may be present to observe their confidential document shredding if the amount to be shredded can fit into one 96-gallon roll cart (approximately 240 pounds of material or approximately eight small, banker boxes of material).
• Participants with larger quantities will have items placed in boxes to be shredded off-site at Shimar Recycling’s secure facility.

Live Christmas Tree Disposal
• Trees taller than six feet should be cut in half and not placed in bags.
• Remove all decorations and hardware, including tinsel, lights, garland, ornaments, nails, and stands.

Curbside Collection of Live Christmas Trees (2017-2018)

Non-Yard Waste customers must contact Durham One Call at (919) 560-1200 to request a curbside collection of their live Christmas tree. All service requests must be received no later than the end of business on February 1. Once received, service requests will be scheduled for the next available Saturday collection on either January 13, January 27 or February 3.

Yard Waste customers should place their live trees at the curb on their scheduled collection day. Tree locations will be noted by the weekly collection crews and added to the next available Saturday collection day on either January 13, January 27 or February 3. A tree collection will not count toward free brush collections for yard waste customers.

Requirements for live Christmas tree disposal are as follows: trees taller than six feet must be cut in half; all decorations including tinsel, lights, garland, ornaments, nails, stands, and hardware must be removed. Trees should not be placed in bags.

In addition to free curbside collections, residents may drop off their live Christmas trees at the City’s Waste Disposal and Recycling Center for no charge from January 2 until February 3. Trees delivered after February 3 will be subject to the usual yard waste disposal fees.

County residents (outside of Durham city limits), please see: Durham County Solid Waste

Christmas Tree Disposal – New 2016 Guidelines

The City of Durham Solid Waste Management Department is announcing new procedures as well as a collection timeframe to request free curbside collection of live Christmas trees.

Non-Yard Waste Customers Non-Yard Waste customers must contact Durham One Call at (919) 560-1200 to have a “Christmas Tree Collection” service request created between Tuesday, January 3 and the end of business on Thursday, February 2, 2017. Once a service request is made, the tree will be added to a Saturday collection route which will occur on January 14, January 28, and February 4.

Yard Waste Customers Yard Waste customers may place their trees on their curbs between January 3 and February 2 to be collected as part of their regular service. Trees will be noted by their weekly yard waste collection crew and the location automatically added for a Saturday collection on one of the dates noted above. A Christmas tree collection will not count as a one of their free brush collections if it is set out during this timeframe.

Waste Disposal and Recycling Center Drop-Off In addition to free curbside collections, the City’s Waste Disposal and Recycling Center will accept live Christmas trees at no charge from January 3 through February 4. Trees delivered after February 4 will be subject to the usual disposal fees.

Tree Disposal Requirements for Curbside or Drop-off Service

  •  Trees taller than six feet should be cut in half.
  • All decorations and hardware (including tinsel, lights, garland, ornaments, nails, and stands) must be removed.
  • Trees must not be placed in bags.

According to Solid Waste Management Director Donald Long, the new collection procedures will help to streamline this free service. “In previous years, the department spent considerable time and resources canvassing the entire city looking for trees on curbs,” Long said. “By asking our non-yard waste customers to schedule tree collections, we can more efficiently collect those trees which saves staff time and fuel in our trucks.” For questions or more information, contact Durham One Call at (919) 560-1200 or visit the City’s Solid Waste Management Department Web page.

-from the City of Durham Office of Public Affairs

Christmas Tree Disposal 2015/2016

Curbside Christmas Tree Collection The Solid Waste Management Department will collect Christmas trees from all solid waste customers from December 28 until February 6. Trees should be placed at the curb by 7 a.m. on residents’ normal household garbage collection day. Residents are asked to leave the tree at the curb for one week before contacting Durham One Call at (919) 560-1200 to report a missed tree collection. Trees taller than six feet should be cut in half. Residents should remove all decorations and hardware, including tinsel, lights, garland, ornaments, nails, and stands. Residents are also asked to not place trees in bags. Trees may also be dropped off at the City’s Waste Disposal & Recycling Center at 2115 E. Club Blvd., Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and Saturday, 7:30 a.m. to noon at no charge until February 6. Customers are asked to arrive at least 30 minutes before closing. Trees delivered after February 6 will be subject to the usual disposal fees.

Unincorporated Durham County Residents: Information on Durham County Convenience Sites is located here: http://dconc.gov/government/departments-f-z/general-services/solid-waste-recycling-and-litter-control/durham-county-convenience-sites

Compiled by Ann Barnes

Christmas Tree Collection 2013-2014

From the City of Durham’s Facebook page: The next free e-waste and paper shredding event is set for January 11. We’ll accept nearly all electronic devices with a cord as well as Christmas trees. We’ll even shred your confidential papers. Check out http://bit.ly/JfikRi for details. Did we mention it’s FREE? The event will be held Saturday, January 11, 2014, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Durham County Memorial Stadium, 750 Stadium Dr.

The Solid Waste Management Department will collect Christmas trees from all solid waste customers beginning December 26 until March 1. Trees should be placed at the curb by 7 a.m. on residents’ normal household garbage collection day. Residents are asked to leave the tree at the curb for one week before contacting Durham One Call at (919) 560-1200 to report a missed tree collection. Trees taller than six feet should be cut in half. Residents should remove all decorations and hardware, including tinsel, lights, garland, ornaments, nails, and stands. Residents are also asked to not place trees in bags. Trees may also be dropped off at the City’s Waste Disposal & Recycling Center at 2115 E. Club Blvd., Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and Saturdays from 7:30 a.m. to noon at no charge until March 1. Customers are asked to arrive at least 30 minutes before closing. Trees delivered after March 1 will be subject to the usual disposal fees.

Residents are encouraged to recycle year-round and particularly during the holiday season when the amounts of trash generated increases. Paper holiday waste, including wrapping paper (non-metallic only), cardboard boxes, and greeting cards may be placed in the blue recycling cart. To learn more about recycling, visit http://DurhamNC.gov/ich/op/swmd/Pages/Recycling.aspx.