Christmas tree disposal procedures for towns, unincorporated Dare

Published 1:14 pm Sunday, January 2, 2022

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For all six incorporated towns, as well as the unincorporated areas of Dare County, all ornaments, lights, ribbons, tinsel and other decorations must be removed before the Christmas trees are placed on the curbside for pickup or dropped off at the appropriate recycling centers.

Unincorporated Dare County

The Dare County Public Works Department will not pick up any Christmas trees that are left on the curbside within the unincorporated areas of Dare County. Christmas trees should be dropped off at the Dare County Public Works Recycling Center located at 1018 Driftwood Drive in Manteo or at the Buxton Transfer Station located at 47027 Buxton Back Road in Buxton. Trees that are dropped off at these locations will be recycled into mulch.

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Unincorporated Dare County includes Hatteras Island (Rodanthe, Waves, Salvo, Avon, Buxton, Frisco and Hatteras Village), the Dare County mainland (East Lake, Manns Harbor, Mashoes and Stumpy Point), as well as Wanchese and other areas of Roanoke Island not in the Town of Manteo, Colington and Martins Point. For more information about Christmas tree disposal in unincorporated Dare County, go to


The Town of Manteo requests that residents place undecorated Christmas trees next to their roll carts during the town’s regular Monday and Thursday sanitation runs so the Public Works Department can remove the trees. Trees must not contain any ornaments, lights or tinsel in order to be picked up.


The Town of Duck will collect undecorated Christmas trees from the curbside on its regular Monday and Tuesday collection routes on Jan. 3, 2022; Jan. 4, 2022; Jan. 10, 2022; and Jan. 11, 2022. The town also asks that trees be placed on the curbside the night before scheduled collection date.

Southern Shores

Residents of the Town of Southern Shores may place undecorated Christmas trees in limb and branch piles for collection during the regularly scheduled pickup for their sector. Note that wreaths are excluded and will not be collected. To determine sectors or to find more information regarding the town’s collection calendar, rules and regulations, go to

Kitty Hawk

The Town of Kitty Hawk requests that residents place undecorated Christmas trees along the curbside, where they will be picked up in a timely manner.

Kill Devil Hills

The Town of Kill Devil Hills will be collecting natural and undecorated Christmas trees that are placed along the curbside beginning Wednesday, Jan. 12, 2022. Trees must be placed on the curbside no later than Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2022. For more information, go to

Nags Head

Nags Head residents are asked to place their undecorated Christmas trees along the side of the road in front of their property, where they will be collected as part of the town’s monthly curbside bulk item/brush collection service. The town also reminds residents to set trees in a separate pile from the rest of any bulk items that need to be collected. For more information, go to