North Myrtle Beach recycles trees: Grinding of the Greens

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David Hucks is a 12th generation descendant of the area we now call Myrtle Beach, S.C. David attended Coastal Carolina University and like most of his family, has never left the area. David is the lead journalist at

North Myrtle Beach supports recycling Christmas trees with the grinding of the greens.

The Horry County Solid Waste Authority encourages everyone to take one extra step to make the holidays green and bright this year!

Recycle your natural Christmas tree after the season!

From December 26 to January 29, simply remove all lights, decorations (including tinsel), and the tree strand. Then, bring your tree to a designated area to be chipped and recycled into free landscaping mulch. The mulch will be available to all citizens while supplies last. Everyone is welcome to bring their own container to collect the mulch.

City of North Myrtle Beach residents may leave their trees curbside or visit these Grinding of the greens drop-off locations:

  • Cherry Grove Public Parking Lot
  • At the intersection of Ocean Boulevard and Shorehaven Drive (Near 19th Avenue North)
  • Crescent Beach
  • Parking Lot across from the J. Bryan Floyd Community Center at 1030 Possum Trot Road

What is the Grinding of the Greens?

The “grinding of the Christmas Tree greens” generally refers to the process of turning the branches and needles of a Christmas tree into mulch or compost after the holiday season. This is a sustainable method of recycling the tree rather than simply throwing it away.

Many cities and municipalities offer Christmas tree recycling programs where residents can drop off their trees to be ground up and repurposed. The grinding process involves using a chipper or shredder to break down the tree into small pieces, which can then be used as mulch in gardens, parks, or other landscaping projects. The mulch helps retain moisture in the soil, suppresses weed growth, and provides nutrients as it decomposes.

Grinding the Christmas tree greens can also be done at home if you have access to a wood chipper or have a composting system in place. Properly ground tree greens can be added to a compost pile where they will break down over time, contributing to the creation of nutrient-rich compost that can be used in gardening.

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