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

Cut Christmas Tree Care

If you have a fresh cut Christmas tree, please keep in mind that a tree can use up to a quart of water per inch of trunk diameter per day. Check frequently to make sure that your  tree stand contains enough water. Ideally, your tree stand should hold at least a gallon. If the water level in the stand goes below the cut end of the trunk, drying sap will seal the trunk, preventing it from taking up more water. Make sure your tree is away from heat sources and that you turn off lights at night or when you are away from home.

Clean water is all you need. Additives, whether purchased preservatives or kitchen concoctions,  have not been shown to be effective in prolonging the freshness of Christmas trees.

The National Christmas Tree Association has provided this list of tips to keep your tree safe and looking fresh.

  1. Displaying trees in water in a traditional reservoir type stand is the most effective way of maintaining their freshness and minimizing needle loss problems.
  2. To display the trees indoors, use a stand with an adequate water holding capacity for the tree. As a general rule, stands should provide 1 quart of water per inch of stem diameter. Devices are available that help maintain a constant water level in the stand.
  3. Use a stand that fits your tree. Avoid whittling the sides of the trunk down to fit a stand. The outer layers of wood are the most efficient in taking up water and should not be removed.
  4. Make a fresh cut to remove about a 1/2-inch thick disk of wood from the base of the trunk before putting the tree in the stand. Make the cut perpendicular to the stem axis. Don’t cut the trunk at an angle, or into a v-shape, which makes it far more difficult to hold the tree in the stand and also reduces the amount of water available to the tree.
  5. Drilling a hole in the base of the trunk does NOT improve water uptake.
  6. Once home, place the tree in water as soon as possible. Most species can go 6 to 8 hours after cutting the trunk and still take up water. Don’t bruise the cut surface or get it dirty. If needed, trees can be temporarily stored for several days in a cool location. Place the freshly cut trunk in a bucket that is kept full of water.
  7. The temperature of the water used to fill the stand is not important and does not affect water uptake.
  8. Check the stand daily to make sure that the level of water does not go below the base of the tree. With many stands, there can still be water in the stand even though the base of the tree is no longer submerged in water.
  9. Keep trees away from major sources of heat (fireplaces, heaters, heat vents, direct sunlight). Lowering the room temperature will slow the drying process, resulting in less water consumption each day.
  10. Use of lights that produce low heat, such as miniature lights, will reduce drying of the tree.
  11. Always inspect light sets prior to placing them on the tree. If worn, replace with a new set.
  12. Do not overload electrical circuits.
  13. Always turn off the tree lights when leaving the house or when going to bed.
  14. Monitor the tree for freshness. After Christmas or if the tree is very dry, remove it from the house.
  15. Visit the Tree Recycling page to find a recycling program near you, or check the City or County websites.
  16. Never burn any part of a Christmas tree in a wood stove or fireplace.

Prepared by Dr. Gary Chastagner and Dr. Eric Hinesley; edited by the National Christmas Tree Association

 

-Ann Barnes, EMGV

 

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.

Durham Christmas Tree recycling update

​The Solid Waste Management Department began collecting Christmas trees from all solid waste customers this week and collection will continue 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. Remove all decorations and hardware, including tinsel, lights, garland, ornaments, nails, and stands. Residents are also asked to not place trees in bags.

Christmas trees may also be dropped off at the City’s Waste Disposal and 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 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.

Additionally, Christmas trees will be accepted at the city’s Paper Shredding, E-Waste, and Christmas Tree Recycling Event on January 26th at Durham County Memorial Stadium. For more information, see http://durhamnc.gov/Pages/NNDetails.aspx?detailId=334

For Durham County residents, Christmas trees can be brought to the Convenience Sites for recycling. http://dconc.gov/index.aspx?page=237

Christmas Tree Care

If you have a fresh cut Christmas tree, please keep in mind that a tree can use up to a quart of water per inch of trunk diameter per day. Check frequently to make sure that your  tree stand contains enough water. Ideally, your tree stand should hold at least a gallon. If the water level in the stand goes below the cut end of the trunk, drying sap will seal the trunk, preventing it from taking up more water. Make sure your tree is away from heat sources and that you turn off lights at night or when you are away from home.

Clean water is all you need. Additives, whether purchased preservatives or kitchen concoctions,  have not been shown to be effective in prolonging the freshness of Christmas trees.

Happy Holidays!