Citizens Are Invited to Recycle Their Christmas Tree

Posted on  01/02/2013 9:51 am

The Wilmington Department of Public Works is collecting discarded Christmas trees this year—an effort which will add to the City’s outstanding record of recycling trash and other materials. Wilmington currently recycles more than 35% of the City’s total yearly trash stream instead of depositing the materials in the local landfill.

Citizens are invited to place their Christmas trees at the curb on their regular recycling collection day (Monday for residents east of I-95 and Tuesday for residents west of I-95 with the exception of City government holidays). All lights, ornaments and other decorations MUST be removed from the tree in order for it to be recycled. Collection crews will inform the Public Works Call Center of the location of the trees and a City-owned wood chipping truck will respond to the site and grind the tree into wood chips on the spot.

Citizens may also call the Public Works Call Center at 576-3878 at any time to request that the City come to their property to grind their discarded Christmas tree. The Public Works Department will endeavor to collect and grind trees for recycling on the same day they are reported or, at the very least, within a few days of them being placed at the curb.

The wood chips from the pine trees are used by the City during the spring season as cover for city parks and other properties. Pine wood chips also are used by the City to cover vacant properties that have become eyesores because of overgrown grass and weeds. Pine wood chips retard the growth of grass and weeds and thus prevent properties from becoming further overgrown and unsightly.

This seasonal City service will be available through mid-February, 2013.