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Wake County, Durham Start Holiday Wrap-up Recycling Programs

Posted December 26, 2003 1:58 a.m. EST

— Now that Christmas is winding down, Triangle-area residents are reminded not to throw away wrapping paper or Christmas cards.

Wake County and the city of Durham have announced their post-Christmas recyling pickup schedules and locations.


Durham's Christmas tree collection will begin Monday, Jan. 5, 2004, and end Jan. 23, 2004. During that stretch, all Durham residents may place their Christmas trees at the curb on their regular garbage collection day.

Trees will be collected at no charge and brought to the city's compost facility to be recycled.

Durham gives the following collection guidelines:

  • Trees larger than eight feet in height must be sawed in half.
  • Please make sure that all decorations have been removed (including ornaments, tinsel, garlands, beads, candy, hooks)
  • Trees that have been completely sprayed with fake snow will not be recycled. These trees will be removed by the solid waste collection crews for disposal.
  • Christmas trees may also be dropped off at the city's Waste Disposal and Recycling Center, at 2115 E. Club Boulevard Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and Saturday from 7:30 a.m. to noon, at no charge until Jan. 24, 2004. Any trees delivered after that date will be subject to the usual disposal fees.
  • Multifamily complexes such as apartments or town homes must have a designated spot (a clustered collection site) where all residents must put their trees. Those facilities' managers must call Josephine Valencia at

    (919) 560-4185, ext. 252,

    to arrange for collection.


    Wake County's Holiday Wrap-Up Program starts Friday and runs through Jan. 11, 2004. Residents can recycle their Christmas trees, cards, wrapping paper, boxes and styrofoam at several sites.

    Also, the city of Raleigh will collect yard waste and Christmas trees on Saturday and again on Jan. 3, 2004, also a Saturday.

    Collection sites for the wrap-up program will be at the following convenience centers:

  • Site 1 -- 10505 Old Stage Road (SR 1006) in southern Wake County (Hwy 70 to Old Stage, almost all the way to Hwy. 42)
  • Site 2 -- 6000 Old Smithfield Road (SR 1172) at entrance to South Wake Transfer Station, off Hwy. 55 between Apex and Holly Springs (Hwy. 1 south to Hwy. 55, east toward Holly Springs)
  • Site 4 -- 3600 Yates Mill Pond Road (SR 1381) in south Raleigh (Lake Wheeler south to Yates Mill Pond Rd.)
  • Site 7 -- 9004 Deponie Drive (SR 2006) at entrance to North Wake Sanitary Landfill off Durant Road in north Raleigh (US 1/Capital or Falls of Neuse north to Durant Rd.)
  • Site 11 -- 1101 U.S. 64 Business between Wendell and Zebulon
  • The county will collect:

  • Christmas trees (remove all ornaments, lights, tinsel, etc.),
  • Christmas cards,
  • Christmas wrapping paper (please remove all bows, ribbons or foil),
  • Cardboard,
  • Chipboard (thin brown or gray cardboard i.e., cereal boxes, paper tubes, etc. -- when torn on edge will have brown or gray fibers),
  • SBS Board (thin white cardboard i.e., shirt boxes -- when torn on edge, it will have white fibers),
  • Magazines,
  • Catalogs
  • Residential Electronics made by LEXMARK, JVC, PANASONIC, SHARP and SONY can be recycled at the North Wake Multi Material Recycling Facility Mon.-Sat., 8 a.m.-4 p.m. This is a permanent program that is in addition to the county's continual computer recycling at North Wake. For more information, call Kelley Dennings at


    The public may drop Christmas trees at Lake Crabtree County Park only at the boat ramp parking lot at the spot designated with a sign (not on the ramp itself), anytime between 8 a.m. and 5:30 p.m., excluding New Year's Day. Any day prior to Jan. 18, 2004, would be reasonable.

    Styrofoam can be recycled year-round through Wake Community Recycling located at 6021 Triangle Drive in Raleigh. It accepts molded styrofoam and styrofoam "peanuts."

    The hours of operation are Mon.-Wed., and Fri., 7:30 a.m.-3 p.m., and 9 a.m.-noon Saturday. The facility is closed Thursdays and Sundays.

    Reasonable quantities are required, and there is a minimum $5 charge. Please contact


    for further information.

    For further information, please contact the Wake County Solid Waste Management Division at