Several options available for recycling Christmas trees in Upstate


LAKE HARTWELL, SC (WSPA) – It’s only been 24 hours since Christmas wrapped up for most people in the Upstate, but now families are starting to think about what to do with their trees once they are undecorated.

There are now new signs near the docks on Lake Hartwell reading Christmas Tree Drop Off. At both the Twin Lakes and Friendship boat ramps, there are spots for trees to be recycled through the middle of January.

Then the Department of Natural Resources will take them out into the water to create natural fish habitats.

While not everyone wants the holiday season to end, fire officials in Anderson said it’s a danger to keep the tree up for too much longer.
“The longer it stays up the more dangerous it gets. 43 percent nationally of house fires start with Christmas trees so it’s getting to the point where we need to take em out and recycle them,” said Chief Randy Bratcher with the Anderson City Fire Department.
Fishermen do have the option to take one of the trees to secure it themselves for a fish habitat. The Corp of Engineers just ask that you secure it with a block of cement and a tight rope before dropping it in the water.
Also the city of Greenville is now offering curbside pickup and five drop off locations for anyone looking to recycle their trees. The trees will then be turned into mulch at the Twin Chimneys Landfill.

Officials ask that you do not leave anything on the trees including plastic bags.

Below is a list of the drop off locations in Greenville to use instead of the normal recycling centers:

  • Holmes Park (111Holmes Drive)
  • Timmons Park (121 Oxford Street)
  • Gower Park (24 Evelyn Avenue)
  • West Greenville Community Center (8 Rochester Street)


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