New Bern Recycling and disposal: What do to with your Christmas tree – New Bern Sun Journal

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As New Year’s approaches, so does the end of this holiday season.
It is that time of year for lights to come down, holiday displays to be boxed up and Christmas trees—real or fake—to be kicked to the curb.
The City of New Bern and Craven County provide ways for residents to conveniently dispose of their trees.
Both require real trees to be completely unadorned. Residents should take off all lights and decorations and remove the tree from its stand.
New Bern residents within the city limits can put their real trees on their curb for yard waste pickup and their fake trees out for bulk waste pickup by 6:00 a.m. on their scheduled day. Organic wreathes and other greenery used for decoration will also be collected for yard waste pickup if stripped of ornaments.
Residents should make sure their items are not placed next to power and utility sources and are not on the street or sidewalk.
The bulk waste pickup schedule is delayed and will resume normal hours and days by Jan. 10.
For questions or more information on pickup schedules visit public works website or call 252-639-7501.
Once collected, real Christmas trees are taken to the City’s yard waste facility and given new life.
“We break down the organic trees for mulch,” said Mary Fisher-Sabatini, with the City of New Bern public works department. 
The mulch is later used for beautification projects throughout New Bern’s streets and to spruce up its parks.
“We can use it in landscaping beds and areas of our parks that we might want to beautify and build up the landscape with mulch,” said Kari Greene-Warren, interim director of New Bern’s parks and recreation department. “We use mulch all the time.”
Typically the mulch first goes to the beds under the various City of New Bern signs, Warren said. It cannot be used in any playgrounds or kids’ areas, however.
Residents with Craven County waste services do not get curbside service, said Steven Aster, director of Craven County Solid Waste and Recycling.
Real and artificial trees can be taken to any of Craven County’s seven convenience centers, located at various sites throughout the county. They are open from 7:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday and from 1:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Sundays.
People making drop-offs should be off of the site no later than 6:20 p.m.
Workers on site will take the trees to their appropriate location.
For more information or to find the closest site visit the solid waste recycling website or call 252-636-6659.
Real trees taken to Craven County convenience sites will not be used for other purposes.
At Fort Macon State Park, old Christmas trees are repurposed for an important cause, repairing local beaches.
The area’s beaches have taken a beating over the last few years because of hurricanes. Trees are placed strategically on the beach trap sand and help to rebuild the dunes. 
“Once a small dune starts to form, other native plants like sea oats put down roots which reinforces it and keeps it more stable,” said Benjamin Flemming, a park ranger. “Within just a few years, it can be waist to chest high already.”
To participate in the cause, started in 1964, people can drop their Christmas trees off at the Fort Macon Visitors Center parking lot from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. The bulk of trees should be dropped off by Jan. 30, but Flemming said they have taken some even in the middle of summer.
In good years, they can collect a few thousand Christmas trees.
Flemming said it is important to take off all decorations, including garland or tinsel, which is harmful to wildlife.
They do not accept any loose limbs or other yard debris.
Growth and Development Reporter Julia Masters can be reached at [email protected] or 828-318-3108.

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As New Year’s approaches, so does the end of this holiday season.It is that time of year for lights to come down, holiday displays to be boxed up and Christmas trees—real or fake—to be kicked to the curb.The City of New Bern and Craven County provide ways for residents to conveniently dispose of their trees.Both…

As New Year’s approaches, so does the end of this holiday season.It is that time of year for lights to come down, holiday displays to be boxed up and Christmas trees—real or fake—to be kicked to the curb.The City of New Bern and Craven County provide ways for residents to conveniently dispose of their trees.Both…

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