Christmas Tree Disposal Sites in the Topsail Area

If you had a natural Christmas tree in your home for the holidays and are looking for disposal sites across Pender and Onslow Counties – we here at Topsail Guide have done the research for you.

Onslow County Christmas Tree Disposal Sites

Christmas tree dropoffs to benefit the coastal environment are once again an option for those in Onslow County willing to drive to the Town of North Topsail Beach.

Local volunteers have once again partnered with the Town of North Topsail Beach to provide convenient dropoff locations for natural Christmas trees. Trees collected as part of this program will be used for the purpose of rebuilding the town’s berms and sand dunes which continue to face erosion from coastal storms. Natural Christmas trees act as a natural fence for sand and help in nourishing vegetation on the sand dunes and berms, allowing for them to become stronger over time.

We are awaiting dropoff location details and dates for this volunteer effort.

The Town of North Topsail Beach will also be recycling natural Christmas trees, accepting trees that are dropped off with Public Works so that they can be made into mulch which will then be freely available for pick up after January 12, 2023.

To drop off your tree in North Topsail Beach between the dates of December 26, 2022 and January 11, 2023, head to:

North Topsail Beach Public Works [Google Maps]
3315 Gray Street
North Topsail Beach, NC 28460

If you’re a resident of The Town of Surf City, local officials are providing convenient curbside pickup services. If you’d like for your tree to be picked up, please remove all lights, stands and decorations and place your tree along the curb by Tuesday, January 2nd. Local crews will begin picking up trees on the morning of Wednesday, January 3rd. For more details, please see this announcement on the Town of Surf City’s website.

Pender County Christmas Tree Disposal Sites

For residents in Pender County, the County government will be accepting natural Christmas trees for disposal through January 16, 2023. Officials ask that all decorations and lights be removed from the trees prior to dropoff, which will be accepted at the following locations:

Rocky Point Convenience Center [Google Maps]
16232 State Highway 210
Rocky Point, NC 28457
Hours: Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays from 7 a.m. – 7 p.m. (Closed Sundays and Wednesdays)

Hampstead Convenience Center [Google Maps]
250 Transfer Station Road
Hampstead, NC 28443
Hours: Mondays through Saturdays 7 a.m. – 7 p.m.; Sundays 1 p.m. – 7 p.m.

Reduce Fire Risk & Environmental Impact

By disposing of your natural Christmas tree properly, you can help reduce the risk of fire in and around your home while also minimizing the impact on our local environment. If you choose not to use one of the disposal sites referenced above, please consider these other options:

  • Call your community government or private trash and recycling services to see if they provide curbside pickup options. Many collection services offer yard waste pickup as well as specific tree collection dates. These vary by community and provider, so it may be worth a phone call to save you the trip to a disposal site. If these options exist, you can typically put your tree out with your other yard waste to be collected and disposed of properly.
  • Cut your tree up and use it for firewood. If you have an outdoor fireplace, you can cut up your Christmas tree and use it for firewood. You will want to make sure that you have removed all decorations and lights before doing so, of course – and be careful – Christmas trees ignite and burn very easily and with plenty of flare-ups. For this reason, we do not recommend using your trees for firewood your in-home fireplace, or wood-burning stoves!
  • Donate it to a local farm or garden! Many local farms throughout the Topsail area may be willing to take your Christmas tree and use it as a natural mulch or habitat for wildlife.


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