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For 20 years, the employees of the Fayetteville Public Works Commission, City of Fayetteville and Duke Energy Progress (DEP) have partnered in the annual “Grinding of the Greens” Christmas Tree Recycling program. Designed to protect and enhance our environment,  the program encourages Fayetteville residents to recycle their live Christmas trees and since 1994, has kept thousands of pounds of recyclable material out of our landfills.  

The City of Fayetteville annually collects the trees from city residents and PWC and DEP volunteers grind them into mulch used on woodland paths at the Cape Fear Botanical Garden and community parks. The annual event will take place on Saturday, January 11, 2014.

Fayetteville city residents can put their trees out for curbside collection by Monday, January 6, 2014.  The City will make special pickups Jan. 6-10 (pickups are separate from yard waste, trash or recycle pickups). All lights, stands and trimmings should be removed from your tree. If you live outside the City or miss the pickup, you may take your tree to the Botanical Gardens (Hwy 301 North) any day before January 11. The Garden entrance is accessible even though multiple bridge replacement projects on Hwy 301S  are in progress. The Grinding of the Greens begins at 8:30 am at the Botanical Gardens on January 11.   It's rain or shine!

20th Annual Grinding of the Greens