Recycling Your Christmas Tree!
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Recycling Christmas Trees in Jackson County, NC
Throughout the typical Christmas trees’ lifespan of eight to 12 years, it absorbs carbon dioxide, emits fresh oxygen, stabilizes soil, protects water supplies, and provides refuge for wildlife.
NC has approximately 1,300 growers producing Fraser Fir Christmas trees on an estimated 40,000 acres, grown on steep mountain sides that are at high risk of erosion and require utmost care. Our NC growers produce over 20% of the Real Christmas Trees in the U.S. For every Christmas tree harvested, typically one to three seedlings are planted in its place with sustainable practices that are gentle to soil, water and wildlife. When people purchase them, they also support local economies. That environmental stewardship continues when trees are recycled.
Recycled trees have multiple uses. Some are turned into mulch, used for community playgrounds, parks and homes. Others are added to lakes and used as habitats for fish and underwater life. Additionally, recycling eliminates the costly process of adding additional debris to landfills.
There are many ways to recycle your cut Christmas tree.
In order to recycle a Christmas tree make sure to remove all ornaments, tinsel, lights, hardware and stand.
● If you have a chipper, consider keeping the mulch for your own garden use by chipping small limbs for compost or use as mulch. No chipper? You can still benefit your garden by cutting branches off and placing them on top of landscaped beds for the needles to drop off, and create a natural mulch. Larger twigs and branches can be removed later and added to the brush or compost pile.
● Small wildlife need places of refuge and brush piles and tree deadfalls are the perfect place. Think about placing your tree in the back of the garden to use as a bird feeder and safety refuge. Have a pond? Fish habitats need refuges too, so sinking this year’s tree after the season is over creates “structure” in the pond
and becomes a fish feeding refuge.
The Jackson County Solid Waste Department will accept unwanted Christmas Trees (with all decorations and stand removed) for free for Jackson County Residents at these sites:
● The Cashiers Staffed Recycling Center located at 4560 Highway 107 South, Cashiers, NC, 28717. This Center is open 50 hours per week for Construction and Demolition waste from residential sources; Monday through Friday 7 a.m. – 4 p.m., and Saturday from 7 a.m. – 12 p.m. – CLOSED SUNDAY. Note that the facility in Cashiers is closed on December 24th and reopens on December 26th. For more
information please contact the Cashiers Staffed Recycling Center at (828) 743-0341.
● The Jackson County Transfer Station located at 1172 Mineral Springs Drive, Sylva, NC, 28779. The Station is open 50 hours per week: Monday through Friday 7 a.m. – 4 p.m., Saturday 7 a.m. – 12 p.m. – CLOSED SUNDAY. The Station is accepting trees after Christmas. Pull up on the scales and let them know you have a Christmas tree and they will direct you to where it should be left. For more information – please call the Transfer Station at (828) 586-7577.