Christmastime brings a lot of joy and it also brings a lot of no longer needed Christmas trees, which is why this week local governments are instructing everyone how to properly dispose of those trees.

The notice from Guilford County reads, “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.”

What will the county do with your once beautiful and highly decorated tree? It will turn them into mulch for use at county parks and other places where mulch is needed.

Through Wednesday, Jan. 15, Guilford County residents can drop their trees and other plant-based holiday decorations off at the Guilford County Farm – formerly known as the Prison Farm – at 7315 Howerton Road in Gibsonville. (From NC 61, take County Farm Road and then turn right onto Howerton Road. The drop-off location is about a quarter of a mile down Howerton on the right.)

Drop-off hours for the county farm collection site are from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Saturday.

Guilford County is also telling everyone to take note that Christmas trees will no longer be collected at Piedmont Triad Farmers’ Market off I-40 at Sandy Ridge Road or at Tabernacle United Methodist Church.

Some of the county’s towns and cities provide residential curbside collection of Christmas trees:

  • The City of Greensboro collects trees curbside as long as people conform to the city’s yard waste collection procedures. Greensboro residents should call 336-373-CITY it they want more information.
  • The City of High Point collects trees curbside. For more information, call 336-883-3111.
  • Jamestown residents also have curbside Christmas tree collection available. Those residents should the town hall at 336-454-1138 with any questions.
  • Town of Gibsonville residents may put their trees out at the curb for collection as well. Call the town hall at 336-449-4144 for more information.