Wednesday, March 29, 2023

How to get rid of your Christmas tree in Greater Williamsburg

(File photo/Blogspot)
(File photo/Blogspot)

UPDATE Jan. 3: York County’s Christmas tree collection service has been rescheduled to January 15-19 due to inclement weather. 

If your Christmas tree has shed so many needles it looks more Charlie Brown than Martha Stewart, it may be time to think about getting it to the curb.

Greater Williamsburg residents have a few options, including some environmentally friendly ones.

James City County

  • Free Christmas tree recycling is available for residents through Jan. 31 during normal business hours at the county convenience centers: 117 Tewning Rd., 1204 Jolly Pond Rd., and 185 Industrial Boulevard.
  • Remove decorations and tree stands before dropping off a tree for recycling.

York County

  • Residents who participate in the solid waste collection program should put their trees at the curb by 7 a.m. on Jan. 8 for pickup that week. Communities that don’t participate in curbside collection can still have the county pick up their Christmas trees, but residents should call a week ahead.
  • The Waste Management division will need approval from a homeowners association or community management group and a drop-off location in the community where residents can haul their trees. The designated collection site has to be able to accommodate the truck used for collections.
  • Through the end of January, all county residents can bring their trees to the VPPSA Compost Facility, located at 145 Goodwin Neck Rd. The center is open for drop off Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Ornaments, lights and tinsel should be removed from the trees. Any trees taller than six feet should be cut in half. Trees should not be placed in tree bags.
  • For more information, or to arrange for pickup in your community, contact the York County Division of Waste Management at 757-890-3780, or email Laurie Halperin at

City of Williamsburg

  • Christmas trees will be collected January, on Tuesday, Jan. 2 and Monday, Jan. 8.
  • Remove lights and decorations and place trees on the street before 7 a.m. for pickup.
Sarah Fearing
Sarah Fearing
Sarah Fearing is the Assistant Editor at WYDaily. Sarah was born in the state of Maine, grew up along the coast, and attended college at the University of Maine at Orono. Sarah left Maine in October 2015 when she was offered a job at a newspaper in West Point, Va. Courts, crime, public safety and civil rights are among Sarah’s favorite topics to cover. She currently covers those topics in Williamsburg, James City County and York County. Sarah has been recognized by other news organizations, state agencies and civic groups for her coverage of a failing fire-rescue system, an aging agriculture industry and lack of oversight in horse rescue groups. In her free time, Sarah enjoys lazing around with her two cats, Salazar and Ruth, drinking copious amounts of coffee and driving places in her white truck.

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