NORTH CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Santa hasn't yet been down the chimney, and the presents are still wrapped, heck maybe not even purchased yet, but Charleston County is asking residents to make the holiday season a little greener by recycling their Christmas trees after taking them down.
"About 25 percent more waste is generated this time of year, but much of it is recyclable and need not be destined for the landfill," said Nancy Carter, Charleston County Environmental Management Department's Community Representative. "Recyclable products have value and will generate revenue that flows back into the county. Recycling also provides jobs in addition to many environmental and health benefits."
Christmas trees and greenery can be recycled, just remember to remove all tinsel and ornaments. Some municipalities will pick them up curbside, or they can be taken to a convenience center. The trees picked up curbside are transported to the Bees Ferry Landfill to be ground and composted. Residents who drop off a tree at the Bees Ferry Landfill from January 2-9 will receive a free bag of compost.
The county also reminds residents that cardboard and packaging can be recycled through the curbside program or dropped off at the county's convenience centers. Batteries, electronics, and old holiday light strands can be recycled at the convenience centers as well.
Residents should note changes in the recycling schedule over the holidays. All convenience centers will close at 3 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 24 except for Bees Ferry Landfill, which will close at 2 p.m., and all will be closed on Christmas Day and New Year's Day. Curbside recycling schedules will not change during the holidays.