It’s official – today is the day our Christmas tree comes down. I absolutely dread this day – not because of the clean up, but because it marks the end of the holiday season. Every year I tell my husband I would keep the tree up all year long if I could, and I really would. I think he knows that, and it scares him to death. So, needless to say he becomes the big motivator in this project – and we make it a family event while trying to make the most of it.

One great way to make the most of this occasion is to recycle your tree. Even if you’re blue you can still be green! Keep reading to get all the details…

For people who live in the city limits of Greensboro, High Point and Winston-Salem, trash crews will collect Christmas trees on your regular trash collection days. Crews ask that you get your tree out on the curb early, remove all decorations, and cut the tree in half if its over 5 feet tall.

For those who live in apartments or outside city limits, Forsyth and Guilford Counties are offering tree drop-off sites.

In Guilford County, these locations are open until January 15:

Guilford County Prison Farm: 7315 Howerton Road, Gibsonville. Open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. From Highway 61, take County Farm Road then turn right onto Howerton Road. The drop-off point is one-quarter mile on the right. Call 449-4720 for more information.

Piedmont Triad Farmers’ Market: off I-40 at Sandy Ridge Road. Open 6 a.m. to 6 p.m., seven days a week. Call 605-9157 for more information.

Tabernacle United Methodist Church: behind the ball field at the corner of Woody Mill Road and Methodist Road. Open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

In Forsyth County, these sites are open until Jan. 30:

Crawford Park: 4226 Oak Ridge Dr.

Hanes Hosiery Recreation Center: 501 Reynolds Blvd.

Hanes Park: tennis court parking lot, 625 West End Blvd.

Little Creek Recreation Center: 610 Foxcroft Dr.

Old Town Recreation Center: tennis court parking lot, 4550 Shattalon Dr.

Parkland Park: tennis courts, 1660 Brewer Road

Polo Park: swimming pool parking lot, 1850 Polo Road

Salem Lake: at the gate, 1001 Salem Lake Road

Sprague Street Recreation Center: 1350 E. Sprague St.

Winston Lake: swimming pool parking lot, 3535 Winston Lake Road

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