Recycle Your Christmas Trees & Other Household Items

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WFMY - Go green this holiday season by recycling your holiday waste.

Check out this list of resources for on what to do with your trees and electronics, written by the Environmental Services Department in Guilford County.

Christmas Trees - Guilford County residents can drop off their Christmas trees through January 15 at three sites:

-Guilford County Prison Farm, 7315 Howerton Road, Gibsonville. Open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. From Highway 61, take County Farm Road, then turn right onto Howerton Road. The drop of is 1/4 mile on the right (call 64102630 for more information).

- Piedmont Triad Farmer's Market, off I-40 at Sandy Ridge Road. Open 6 a.m. to 6 p.m., seven days a week (call 605-9157 for more information).

-Tabernacle United Methodist Church, behind the ball field at the corner of Woody Mill and Methodist Roads. Open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Please remove all lights, decorations, stands and covers from trees before dropping them off to be recycled. Wreaths, garland and artificial trees are not accepted. The County will turn the trees into mulch for use at County parks and other facilities. 

Some towns and cities within Guilford County collect tree curbside with your trash. For more information: in Greensboro call 373-CITY; in High Point, call 883-3111; in other areas call your town hall directly.

For information on recycling trees near you, check out these county websites:

Forsyth County

Rockingham County

Here's how you can recycle other waste in your area:

Cans, Glass and Plastic Bottles - A merry holiday can include beverages in aluminum cans and glass or plastic bottles. All of these can be recycled...............just toss the caps in the trash, and rinse and dry them first. 

E-Waste - Did you replace old electronics with new ones this year? All your out-of-date electronics, or e-waste, can be recycled, including computers, televisions, games, toys, cell phones and anything with a plug. Take them to one of the County's new FREE disposal sites: 
Guilford County Scrap Tire & White Goods Collection Facility, 2138 Bishop Rd., Greensboro. Open 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. (Call 336-294-9431 for more information.)
Guilford County Prison Farm, 7315 Howerton Road, Gibsonville. Open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. (Call 449-4720 for more information.)

Remember, throwing away TVs, computer equipment, plastic bottles and aluminum cans is prohibited by law in North Carolina!

Appliances - Were you the recipient of a new washer, dryer or refrigerator for Christmas? You can dispose of your old appliances for free at the Guilford County Scrap Tire/White Goods Facility at 2138 Bishop Road, Greensboro. It's open 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. Call 294-9431 for directions or information.

Cardboard & Chipboard - Many gifts are shipped in cardboard boxes and wrapped in chipboard boxes. Both are also recyclable. Corrugated cardboard is made from two strips of flat cardboard on the top and bottom, and a wavy "corrugated" or fluted strip running through the center.  Chipboard is the flat material that's finished on one side and unfinished (brown or gray in color) on the other. Break down all boxes before recycling.

Paper Products - What to do with all those out-of-date catalogs? Recycle them, along with your newspapers and magazines. Remember, most wrapping paper isn't recyclable, so you may want to consider some "green" alternatives. Check with your garbage collector about other paper that can be recycled through your program. 

Guilford Co. Environmental Services

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