Christmas Tree recycling and disposal

By on January 1, 2021

(photo credit Town of Kill Devil Hills)

When the holidays come to an end, residents of Dare County and its six municipalities are reminded that there are differing polices regarding the disposal of Christmas trees. All ornaments, lights, ribbons and decorations must be removed from the tree before it can be discarded. Below is the current information available in Dare County.

Dare County

In unincorporated Dare County, Public Works does not pick up Christmas trees left on the curbside. They can be dropped off at the Dare County Public Works Recycling Center at 1018 Driftwood Drive in Manteo, or at the Buxton Transfer Facility at 47027 Buxton Back Road.  Click here for hours of operation. Please remember to remove all ornaments, lights, ribbons, tinsel, and other decorations before dropping them off at the recycling centers. Drop-off locations to donate trees for dune restoration listed below.


Town of Duck

We have two more scheduled curbside Christmas tree collections scheduled. Please have undecorated and tinsel-free trees curbside the night before for collection these Monday mornings, January 4 and January 11.

Looking to recycle your Christmas tree? The Town of Duck is enlisting the help of the boy scouts to install Christmas trees in a portion of the nourished beach that has experienced some erosion. Residents and owners that wish to donate their trees to the cause are asked to drop them off in the designated spaces in the parking lot behind the Town playground.

Trees must be undecorated and tinsel-free. Drop offs will only be accepted until Friday, January 8, 2021. If you have any questions at all please contact Sandy Cross at or call 252-255-1234.

Town of Kill Devil Hills

The Town of Kill Devil Hills will be collecting natural Christmas trees beginning on Wednesday, January 13, 2021.  Please remove all ornaments, tinsel, lights, and other non-organic items from your tree.  Place your tree in the right of way adjacent to your property and ensure that it is away from all other objects.  No artificial trees or other bulk trash items will be collected.  Trees must be placed in the right of way no later than Tuesday, January 12, 2021.  Please contact the Public Services office at 252-480-4080 for additional information about the Town’s annual Christmas tree collection.

Town of Kitty Hawk

In Kitty Hawk, individuals should put their trees in the right of way, we will pick them up and Better Beaches OBX will use them on the beach in either Kitty Hawk or Nags Head. They can also drop them off at the Kitty Hawk bathhouse.

Town of Manteo

People within the Town limits of Manteo may place Christmas trees (minus ornaments, tinsel, etc.) next to their roll carts during the normal Monday and Thursday sanitation run.  Public Works will remove those trees.

Town of Nags Head

Ready to dispose of your Christmas tree? Christmas tree collection starts January 6, 2021. Remove the trimmings, place it next to the road in front of your Nags Head property and we will pick it up. Please do not set the tree on top of or near any other bulk or brush items that need to be collected. After Jan. 15, 2021, please call 252-441-1122 to arrange a tree collection.

Town of Southern Shores

Your Christmas tree can have a second life or greater purpose by acting as a natural sand fence while helping to build up sand dunes. The wood and branches help with erosion control, and the nutrients are beneficial for the beach grass.

Christmas trees may be dropped off at the SSCA Hillcrest parking lot, where they will be collected for sand fencing/erosion control.
Christmas trees may be placed in your Limb/Branch piles for collection during your scheduled sector. Wreaths are excluded and will not be collected.

  • ALL metal and decorations must be removed or the contractor will reject collection.
  • Guidelines for Limb/Branch collection apply.

For sector information, collection calendar, guidelines and rules visit Limb/Branch Removal

Donate trees for dune restoration

To donate trees for dune restoration, you can drop them off at these locations. In Duck, drop them off in the designated spaces in the parking lot behind the Town playground. In Southern Shores, Christmas trees may be dropped off at the SSCA Hillcrest parking lot. In Nags Head, the parking lot at The Islander Motel will serve as a drop off again this year. Feel free to share additional locations that are collecting trees in the comments below.

The Islander Motel

The parking lot at The Islander Motel will serve as as a drop off again this year. And would like to encourage folks who want trees to take as many as they want.

Note: Posted on their website: “Boy Scout Troop 117 are not collecting Christmas trees this year (Dec 2020/Jan 2021) as part of our beach nourishment service project.”


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