As it does every year, Charleston County’s Environmental Management Department is offering its Christmas tree recycling to everyone in the county. Once depleted of their holiday cheer, they are ground into compost at the Bees Ferry Compost Facility. Collection is easy – if you live in a municipality where curbside yard waste is picked up, then trees can be left at the curb; otherwise you can drop your tree off at the Bees Ferry site. Added bonus: if you drop your tree off between Jan. 2 and Jan. 10, you will receive a free bag of compost!
Pro tip: remove the decorations, lights, tinsel, and ornaments first. Also, artificial trees do not make compost.
“We strongly encourage residents to dispose of their real Christmas tree in the correct way by recycling it at the County’s compost facility or by putting the tree out at the curb with other yard debris,” said Theresa Martin, a marketing specialist with Charleston County’s Environmental Management Department. “One tree can make roughly 10 to 15 pounds of compost, which is valuable to many people who enjoy gardening in the spring.”
Paper products (gift wrap, tissue paper, gift bags, boxes and cardboard) can be tossed in with the plastics, glass, and aluminum during regular curbside pickup. Any electronics, batteries, and light bulbs (including holiday light strands) can be recycled at one of the drop-off facilities.