By: Lorelei Elkins

THINK GREEN, even if your Christmas Tree isn’t any longer!  RECYCLE your Christmas trees, obsolete electronics, old appliances and other holiday relics!

Give a gift to the environment this year by making sure the trash you throw away is truly trash, and by recycling those holiday items that can be recycled.

Guilford County residents can drop off their Christmas trees through January 15th at:

  • Guilford County Farm (formerly Sheriff’s Prison Farm), 7315 Howerton Road, Gibsonville. Drop off hours are Monday through Saturday 7am to 6pm. From Highway 61, take County Farm Road then turn right onto Howerton Road. The drop-off location is ¼ mile on the right. Business waste is not accepted at this site.

Please remove all lights, decorations, stands and covers from trees before dropping them off to be recycled. Wreaths, garland and artificial trees are not accepted. The County will turn the trees into mulch for use at County parks and other facilities.

Some towns and cities within Guilford County provide residential curbside collection of Christmas trees:

The City of Greensboro collects trees curbside. Be sure that you conform to the city’s yard waste collection procedures to take advantage of this service. Call 336-373-CITY for more information.

 The City of High Point collects trees curbside. Call 336-883-3111 for more information.

Jamestown residents also have curbside tree collection available. Call the town hall at 336-454-1138 with questions.

Town of Gibsonville residents may put their trees out at the curbside for collection. Call the town hall at 336-449-4144 for more information.

Cans, Glass and Plastic Bottles – Your holiday parties probably include beverages in aluminum cans and glass or plastic bottles. All of these can be recycled…. just rinse and let dry before tossing them into your recycling container.

E-Waste – Did you replace old gadgets with new ones this year? All of your out-of-date electronics, or e-waste, can be recycled, including computers, televisions, games, toys, cell phones — anything with a plug! Take them to one of the FREE disposal sites:

Guilford County Scrap Tire & White Goods Collection Facility, 2138 Bishop Rd., Greensboro. Open 8am to 4pm, Monday through Friday. (Call 336-294-9431 for more information.)

Guilford County Farm, 7315 Howerton Road, Gibsonville. Open 8am to 4pm Monday through Friday.

Appliances – Were you the recipient of a new washer, refrigerator or other large appliance for Christmas? You can recycle your old appliances for free at the Guilford County Scrap Tire/White Goods Collection Facility, located at 2138 Bishop Road, Greensboro. It’s open 8am to 4pm, Monday through Friday. Call 336-294-9431 for directions or information.

Cardboard & Chipboard – Many gifts are shipped in cardboard boxes and wrapped in chipboard boxes. Both are also recyclable. Corrugated cardboard is made from two strips of flat cardboard on the top and bottom, and a wavy “corrugated” or fluted strip running through the center.  Chipboard is the flat material that’s finished on one side and unfinished (brown or gray in color) on the other. Break down all boxes before recycling.

Paper Products – What to do with all those out-of-date catalogs? Recycle them, along with your newspapers, office paper, junk mail and magazines. Lots of garbage collectors now accept greeting cards and wrapping paper for recycling too. Check with your service provider about their policy.

For more information, please call Clyde Harding at 336-641-3792.