What Goes Up Must Come Down
Posted December 28, 1996
RALEIGH — Santa was welcomed into lots of homes made more festive by gaily decorated trees. And now, what went up must come down. Each ornament, all the garlands and the lights must be removed, repacked and stacked in closets or the attic for next year. The stout tree, now maybe shedding its needles on the carpet, is headed out the door.
Triangle cities are ready to help out. They won't come in and dismantle the tree for you, but they will pick it up on designated days.
Raleigh will pick up trees Jan. 4, 8, 15 and 25. The sanitation crews ask that trees be placed at the curb -- not in the street -- by 7 a.m. And please do have the trees undecorated.
If you would like to dispose of the tree yourself, you may take it to the Raleigh Yard Waste Center at 900 New Hope Road. Hours are 7 a.m. until 3:45 p.m Monday through Saturday.
Chapel Hill will collect discarded Christmas trees at curbside during regular trash collections Mondays through Thursdays.
Durham will begin holiday tree pick-up at curbside Jan. 6 at the same time as regular yard waste collections, and will last two weeks. Residents can also haul their trees to the landfill at 2115 E. Club Blvd. from 7:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. Monday - Saturday.
In Raleigh, residents may also participate in "Christmas Wrap-Up!," a one-day recycling program for Christmas cards and bows, trees (cleared of all decorations), styrofoam "peanuts" and moldings, corrugated cardboard, glossy magazines and catalogs, and chipboard (gift boxes).
Wrapping paper will not be accepted, due to poor paper markets this year.
The wrap-up will be held Jan. 1 from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. in the upper parking lot of the K-Mart Shopping Center at the corner of Blue Ridge Road and Western Boulevard in Raleigh.
And, with the tree dispatched and everything recycled, you can reward yourself with a New Year's Day Hike at Eno River State Park in Durham. Take the 2-mile or the 4-mile loop, leaving from park headquarters at the end of Cole Mill Road. The hikes begin at 2 p.m. For more information, call 919-489-2795. Refreshments will be served afterward.
Happy New Year, Everyone!