How to Recycle or Dispose of Your Christmas Tree

Monday, December 28, 2020

​Once the holidays are over and the pine needles on your Christmas tree have begun to fall you might be wondering, "What do I do with my Christmas tree?"

Here's your quick reference guide for the Dos and Don'ts.

  • Curbside Collection: Waste Management crews will collect Christmas trees as regular yard waste on your normal collection day. No calls to our office are needed. Trees must be curbside and free of the stand, tinsel, lights and ornaments. Remember: Don't block those storm drains.
  • Landfill and Resource Recovery Center: Residents who take their trees to the City's Landfill and Resource Recovery Center, located at 1989 Jake Sears Road, will be happy to know that their trees will be chipped and used for mulch by City landscape crews. Trees must be free of their stand, lights, ornaments and tinsel.
  • Beaches: Residents should NEVER place trees on area beaches. Beach Operations and the City's Landscape Services work to manage our beautiful sand dunes. Trees contain a lot of sap, and once dry are a fire hazard. Trees can also end up in the water and pose a safety concern for marine life, boaters and swimmers.
  • Return to Seller: Some of the local nurseries have take-back programs. Check with the location where you purchased your tree to see if they take them back. If not, check with one that does, and they might take yours as well.
  • Local Drop-Offs: Local businesses have offered to accept trees. Be on the look-out for announcements via social media or local news stations for businesses that are collecting trees.
  • Faux Tree: If your fake tree is a bit scraggly and you no longer have a use for it, consider donation. Virginia Beach is full of wonderful charitable organizations that would gladly accept your donated tree.

If you have any questions you may call 757-385-4650, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, or visit www.vbgov.com/wastemgt.

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