Recycling Christmas trees at NOVEC’s Gainesville center helps the environment

December 11, 2018

Contact: NOVEC Public Relations, 1-888-335-0500,

MANASSAS, Va. – Northern Virginia Electric Cooperative will accept evergreen Christmas trees and greens at its technical center at 5399 Wellington Branch Road, Gainesville, VA 20155, near I-66 from Dec. 26 through Jan. 7.

Residents may leave trees and greens in the front parking lot in the area designated by orange safety cones. Trees and wreaths must be free of all decorations, metal ornament hooks, wire, and light strings before NOVEC’s tree crews recycle them into woodchips and mulch.

According to the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association, Americans add 25 percent more debris to landfills during the holiday season.

“Protecting the environment is a high priority at NOVEC,” says Rick Carpenter, manager, Vegetation Management. “Recycling holiday greens is just another way we help our customers and the environment.”

For more information about recycling holiday greens, contact NOVEC’s vegetation management department at 703-335-0500 or 1-888-335-0500, extension 1600, or


NOVEC, headquartered in Manassas, Virginia, is a not-for-profit corporation that provides electricity to more than 169,000 metered customers in Fairfax, Fauquier, Loudoun, Prince William, Stafford, and Clarke counties, the City of Manassas Park, and the Town of Clifton. It also supplies natural gas and energy products and services to consumers in the Washington, D.C., region. The utility serves more customers than any electric co-op in Virginia and is one of the largest electric cooperatives in the United States. For more information, visit or call 703-335-0500 or 1-888-335-0500.

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