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Properly Disposing of Christmas Trees, Lights, and Wrapping Paper

Post Date:12/27/2019 9:30 AM

Properly Disposing of Christmas Trees 

Dorchester County encourages residents to safely dispose of Christmas trees before the trees dry out and become fire hazards.

Residents who live within the municipal limits of the City of North Charleston or the Town of Summerville can place their trees curbside for pick-up as part of their regularly scheduled curbside yard debris removal service. Trees should not be placed in the street or block fire hydrants, mailboxes or driveways.

All Dorchester County residents may dispose of Christmas trees at one of the below sites:

Miles Road Convenience Site

130 Suburban Lane, Summerville
Hours: Tuesday & Thursday 7:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Saturday 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Sandy Pines Convenience Site

374 Sandy Pines Lane, Dorchester
Hours: Monday, Wednesday & Friday 7:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Tuesday & Thursday 7:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Saturday 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Prior to placing trees curbside and or disposing of trees at one of the above convenience sites, residents should remove all lights, wire, tinsel, ornaments, nails, stands, other NON-Organic decorative materials and all other materials that are not part of the original tree.

Residents should not burn Christmas trees in a fireplace or wood burning stove. Burning the tree may contribute to creosote buildup that could cause a chimney fire. 


String Lights

String lights and all other E-Waste can/should be properly disposed of at the St. George and Highway 61 Convenience Sites. Both sites are open during the following hours: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday & Friday: 7:00 AM to 6:00 PM and Saturday 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM


Wrapping Paper, Gift Bags and Gift Boxes

Natural Fiber (paper comparable to paper grocery bags) wrapping paper can be recycled. Unfortunately, the most popular, metallic, glossy or laminate papers are not recyclable. The same is true for gift bags. Natural fiber gift bags can be recycled, if all ribbon, wire mesh and decorative foam are removed.

Natural Fiber wrapping paper/gift bags and gift boxes can be properly disposed of at all fourteen convenience sites. Note: All boxes must be broken down.