Christmas is behind us and many festive trees will soon be stripped of their finery.
If your tree is artificial, then back into storage (we hope!) it goes. But for those who chose a live tree, Knoxville and Knox County have disposal options to keep them out of our landfills and some organizations will also recycle trees and other items. Above, News Sentinel photographer Adam Lau photographed trees dropped off for recycling at Ijams Nature Center.
Knox County residents can drop off their tree anytime in January for free at one of five Knox County recycling centers. Just remove all ornaments, lights, wire, string and other decorations before bringing them to be tree-cycled and reused as mulch and other soil amendments. This option is also open to city of Knoxville residents.
Locations of Christmas Treecycling
- Dutchtown Convenience Center - 10618 Dutchtown Road
- Halls Convenience Center - 3608 Neal Drive
- John Sevier Convenience Center - 1950 West John Sevier Highway
- Powell Convenience Center - 7311 Morton View Lane
- Tazewell Pike Convenience Center - 7201 Tazewell Pike
Christmas tree collection for city of Knoxville residents is the same process as for brush collection. Remove decorations and put your tree on the curb. Keep in mind it may stay there for a while -- the regular two-week brush pickup schedule won't resume until Feb. 1, according to the city website. For faster removal, city residents can also take advantage of the Knox County recycling options above.
Other recycling options can help you give back to community organizations, or earn you a discount on next year's decorations.