Heres hoping the mistletoe worked because its time to kiss the ol Christmas tree goodbye.
Starting Thursday, counties across the Triangle will offer residents the opportunity to take their now-wilted trees to select recycling locations where they will be chipped and turned into mulch to soften the steps of walkers along the municipal park and greenway trails.
Johnston, Durham and Orange will all offer residents at no cost the opportunity to drop holiday trees off at solid waste collection convenience centers.
There are one or two stipulations in order to avoid a tree disposal fee: Wake and Durham residents must drop off their trees by March 1. Johnston County residents whose trees do not have a decal affixed to them will be charged a fee.
Officials in several of the counties promise that the once-tinseled and gift-laden holiday icons will gain new uses as mulch, but only if residents take time to strip them of their holiday trappings before dropping them off. Banned decorations at the centers include bulbs, wire, lights, garlands, fallen angels, nails, stands and tinsel. Trees taller than 6 feet should be cut in half.
Wake Countys Happy Trails Holiday Tree Recycling will begin just after daybreak Thursday at eight locations in Raleigh, Garner, Apex, Wendell, New Hill and Morrisville. Each of the centers will open at 7 a.m. and close about 7 p.m.
Johnston residents can take their old trees to the county landfill in Smithfield. Residents who managed to get a decal stuck on their trees have it a bit easier because they can also haul the evergreens to 12 solid waste convenience sites throughout the county.
Folks living in Durham and Orange counties also can drag their trees outside for curbside pickup. Chapel Hill will collect the trees on the citys regular yard waste collection schedule. Residents living in apartment complexes should place their trees near dumpsters but not inside the containers.