Wake County residents can recycle Christmas trees to help improve parks

December 20, 2018 GMT

Once the presents have been opened next week, Wake County residents can recycle their Christmas trees to help improve local parks.

The Happy Trails Christmas Tree Recycling Program allows Wake County residents to turn their Christmas trees into mulch that will be used on trails throughout the county.

Residents are asked to drop off their tree at one of several recycling convenience centers or county parks from Dec. 26 through Jan. 27. All decorations must be removed from the trees before they are dropped off.

“This program is a true win-win for Wake County residents and our parks,” said Chris Snow, director of Wake County Parks, Recreation and Open Space. “Last year alone, we recycled 5,242 trees and created more than 105 tons of mulch that fortified and beautified our trails for the new year.”

Four convenience centers will be open seven days a week for tree drop-offs from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.:

Four Wake County parks will accept trees from 8 a.m. until sunset seven days a week:

All locations will be closed on Jan. 1 for New Year’s Day.

The Happy Trails program has collected more than 27,900 trees and produced about 558 tons of mulch since it began in 2012.