Holiday Reminders

— Written By and last updated by Kate Holt

Keep your Christmas tree in tip-top shape by following these basic rules:

  • Choose a tree that has pliable green needles that hold firmly to the branches.
  • Make a fresh cut 1-2 inches above the old cut when you set the tree up.
  • Use a tree stand with a reservoir that holds at least a gallon of water.
  • Check the water level daily and don’t let the tree run out of water.
  • Keep the tree away from drafts, register vents, and any sort of heat or open flame.
  • Turn off Christmas tree lights when you leave home or go to bed.

Your Christmas tree can have a new life after the holidays as well. Remove all ornaments, tinsel, lights, and decorations and then:

  • If you have a chipper/shredder, your Christmas tree can become a part of your compost pile.
  • Reach out to local animal rescues such as Possumwood Acres who use Christmas trees to provide habitat and environmental enrichment in their animal enclosures.
  • Some coastal communities collect and use Christmas trees for their dune building programs.

Onslow County Solid Waste Department accepts real Christmas trees at some of their convenience sites including: Folkstone, Swansboro, and the Onslow County Landfill.