Scroll down this page for local Kentucky recycling and responsible disposal options for holiday waste, from Christmas trees and wreathes, to lights, ornaments, wrapping and packaging. Many towns and cities offer curbside collection, even for Christmas trees. Counties and unicorporated areas typically have a number or drop-off locations.
Christmas trees are usually colllected from December 26th through
the first 2 or 3 weeks in January. Whether your tree is picked up from
your curb, or you drop it off, be sure to remove all
remove all lights, wire, tinsel, ornaments, nails, stands, other
NON-Organic decorative materials and other materials that are not part
of the original tree. This includes tree stands also. Flocked trees are
occasionally accepted (call to verify), but not artificial trees. Large trees (larger
than the standard 6 - 7 ft tree) may need to be cut in half to
be acceptable by your
curbside garbage hauler.
The trees and wreathes are usually chipped and made into a mulch
which is ofteny made available, free to city or county residents.
Ornaments and light strings are usually placed into your
curbside collection bin. Some localities have year-round
collection centers. The same is true of wrapping paper and boxes.
Always follow the links (usually the blue, underlined name of the city or county) below for updated information, as these agencies often wait until the last minute to change dates or update their information.
If your area is not specifically mentioned below, call your trash collection
agency and ask!
Kentucky January 2021 Curbside, Local Recycling and Disposal Options for Trees, Lights and Other Holiday Waste
Kentucky January 2021 Curbside, Local Recycling and Disposal Options for Trees, Lights and Other Holiday Waste
- Kentucky Fish and Wildlife - Across the state
KDFWR has drop-off points across the state where you can bring your
old tree and put it to good use. KDFWR will take your tree and
combine it with others to create fish attractors for lakes all over
the state. These brush reefs provide nesting and rearing habitat for
gamefish as well as creating homes for invertebrates and smaller
fishes that provide food for larger fish. Just clean your tree of
all of the artificial decorations, lights, tinsel, ornaments, etc.
and drop it off - click the link above for our locations list !
- Boone County, KY - Christmas
Treecycling, Recycle your natural Christmas trees!
Recycle your natural Christmas trees with us! Please remove all tinsel, ornaments, ribbons,
lights, and bags. All trees will be mulched and properly disposed of.
Christmas Tree Drop-Off on
January 9, 2021. - Please drop off your trees BEFORE 8:00am at the below locations. If you have any questions, please contact Megan Clere at
Boone County Extension Enrichment Center, 1824 Patrick Drive, Burlington, KY 41005
Park (near Boone County High School), 7340 Burlington Pike, Florence, KY 41042
Union Park FKA Union Pool, 10165 Old Union Road,
Union, KY 41091.
Walton Park (by the back ball fields), 35 Old Stephenson Mill Road, Walton, KY 41094.
Christian Church - Hebron Campus (corner of North Bend Road and Tanners Road), 1980 North Bend Road, Hebron, KY 41048.
Bring your broken holiday string lights
All kinds of string lights are accepted, including traditional and LED-style bulbs. Please remove any boxes and bags. We have two locations:
Boone County Public Works (5645 Idlewild Road, Burlington) and
Boone County Conservation District (6028 Camp Ernst Road, Burlington).
Boyle County, KY - Boyle County Department of Solid Waste Mgt. will now begin accepting Christmas trees, at the Alum Springs
Convenience Center, 859-854-3404, from 9:00 am to 4:30 pm Tuesday to Saturday., except holidays.
Cities of Danville and Perryville and also those
with private trash collection must cut trees into 3 foot sections, Trees should be placed curbside only on regular scheduled trash days.
trees must meet these requirements: All lights, tinsel, garland, tree stands, and ornaments MUST be removed. These items will damage the tub
grinder. Any trees not meeting these strict requirements WILL NOT be collected.
Artificial trees or trees that have been treated with a chemical,
i.e. artificial snow, must be taken to Convenience Centers for disposal, or cut in 3' sections and set out to curb on your regular trash day.
Convenience Center drop-off BOYLE COUNTY RESIDENTS ONLY, PROOF OF RESIDENCY REQUIRED.
For more information Call Boyle County Department of Solid
Waste at 859-319-4803 or M & M Sanitation at 859-936-0957
- Campbell County operates a Tree Recycling Program in cooperation with Kentucky Fish and Wildlife
through January 10, 2021. Residents can drop off live, undecorated trees to
Pendery Park, 4051 Mary Ingles Hwy. in Melbourne to be used for fish
habitat in lakes across the state. Phone: 859.547.1866.
Covington, KY - There are two ways for residents to get rid of trees:
Curbside collection: Residents can arrange to have
their tree picked up on regular trash collection days. Residents must contact Rumpke at (800) 828-8171 or by email
[email protected] 48 hours in advance to request their tree be picked up. The pickup will happen
on regular garbage and recycling collection days. This option starts the first full week in January 4 and lasts until mid-January. .
Trees can also be dropped off from Dec. 26 through mid-January at three different locations:
- In South Covington at the parking lot at Tripoli
and Hands Pike, adjacent to Neighborhood Park.
- At the Urban Forestry Garage at 1700 Montague Road in Devou Park.
- In the parking lot at 14
Pete Rose Pier, which is the foot of Bakewell Street on the north side of the Ohio River floodwall.
- Crescent Springs, KY - Christmas Tree Recycling
Program - You can recycle your Christmas tree until January 11th. Trees can be dropped off at the Park and Ride on Anderson Road. Trees should be
placed in the roped off area on the lot. Curbside pick up by Public Works is also available by calling 344-0797. Please remember, no artificial
trees. All lights, ornaments and decorations must be removed.
- Two options are available to recycle your Christmas tree this season. Curbside pickup will occur early January (set out no later than 7:00 am;
January 6th, 2021)
Please leave your tree on the curb the night before for Florence Public Services to collect. Trees not set on the curb will not be collected. There
will be no curbside pickup outside of Florence. If you have any questions, please contact Jeremy Kleier at 859-647-5416. You can also take your tree
to one of the Boone County drop off locations (see Boone County, asbove)
Junction City, KY
- Boyle County Department of Solid Waste Mgt.
will now begin accepting Christmas trees for Recycling and Disposal,
at the Alum Springs Convenience Center, 859-854-3404, from 9 am
to 4:30 pm Tues. - Saturday, except holidays. Cities of Danville and
Perryville and also those with private trash collection must cut
Trees in 3 foot sections, Trees should be placed curbside only on
regular scheduled trash days. Must meet these requirements:
lights, tinsel, garland, tree stands, and ornaments MUST be removed.
These items will damage the tub grinder. Any trees not meeting these
strict requirements WILL NOT be collected.
Artificial trees or
trees that have been treated with a chemical, i.e. artificial snow,
must be taken to Convenience Centers for disposal, or cut in 3'
sections and set out to curb on your regular trash day.
Convenience Center drop-off BOYLE COUNTY RESIDENTS ONLY, PROOF OF
For more information Call Boyle County
Department of Solid Waste at 859-319-4803 or M & M Sanitation at
- Kenton County, KY - Removed all tinsel, ornaments, ribbons, lights and bags so the trees can be mulched. Drop-off locations and
dates are January 2 through:
Ludlow, Jan. 4: Ludlow City Park, 600 Elm St.
Erlanger, Jan. 5: Erlanger Public Works, 505 Commonwealth Avenue.
Park Hills, Jan. 6: Trolley Park, 1101 Amsterdam Rd.
Villa Hills, Jan. 7: Franzen Field, 729 Rogers Rd.
Taylor Mill, Jan. 8: Pride Park: 5614
Taylor Mill Rd.
Covington, Jan. 11: Kenton County Extension Center: 10990 Marshall Rd.
Fort Wright, Jan. 12: Fort Wright City Building: 409
Edgewood, Jan. 13: President & Freedom Park: 283 Dudley Rd.
Crestview Hills, Jan. 13: Crestview Hills City Building: 50 Town
Crescent Springs, Jan. 14, Crescent Springs Park & Ride: 2304 Buttermilk Crossing.
Lakeside Park, Jan. 14: Lakeside Park
City Building: 9 Buttermilk Pike.
Independence, Jan. 15: Memorial Park: 2003 Jackwoods Pkwy.
Independence, Jan. 15: Kenton County Public
Works: 420 Independence Station Road.
- Christmas trees can be recycled with yard waste. If you are a city
garbage customer, put your tree on the curb for normal collection
day. Christmas trees are collected after the holiday through mid-January. Simply place the tree at the curb for pickup on your regular collection
day after removing all lights, tinsel and ornaments. . Contact LexCall 3-1-1, or 425-2255
if Christmas Tree is not collected on your normal collection day.
Apartment and businesses should call LexCall for information on
Christmas tree pickup.
- residents are encouraged to recycle their natural Christmas trees,
turning them into nutrient-rich mulch for free. Christmas Tree Composting. Starting Saturday, December 26, drop-off sites will be available
for all Louisville/Jefferson County residents at four locations. The Hubbards Lane site will also instantly recycle Christmas trees into mulch that
will be offered back to citizens for home use. Those wishing to receive mulch must bring an appropriate container in which to carry it. All lights
and ornaments should be removed from trees before they are dropped off or set out for collection. Christmas tree vendors may recycle their unsold
trees on Saturday, December 26 only, and only at the Hubbards Lane site.
December 26, residents with City curbside yard waste pickup may set
their Christmas trees and greenery out on their regular collection
day. Trees must not be in plastic bags, and all decorations must be
removed. Residents normally serviced by private waste haulers should
check with those companies to see whether and when tree pickup is
Starting Saturday, December 26 through January, on Tuesday-Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5
p.m. (Waste Reduction Center closes at 3 p.m. on Saturdays), drop-off sites will be available for all Louisville/Jefferson County residents at four
locations. Two of the drop-off sites will also
instantly recycle trees in to mulch that will be offered back to
citizens for home use.
Those wishing to receive mulch must bring
an appropriate container in which to carry it. Trees picked up from
curbside will also be recycled but not offered as mulch. All lights
and ornaments should be removed from trees before they are set out
or dropped off.
DROP OFF LOCATIONS
- Recycling Center - East District, 595
N. Hubbards Lane - December 26 - 29, January 2. This site will also instantly recycle Christmas trees into mulch that will be offered back to
citizens for home use. Those wishing to receive mulch must bring an appropriate container in which to carry it.
- Recycling Center - Southwest Government
Center, 7219 Dixie Highway - December 26 - 29, January 2
- Waste Reduction Center - 636
Meriwether Avenue (Tree drop-off only. Mulch not available at this
location.) Jan 2 through January 31
every five trees recycled, approximately 35 pounds of mulch can be
created and used to help new plant and tree growth. This mulch
performs particularly well for acid-loving plants such as azaleas