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Christmas tree recycling

Scroll down this page for local Tennessee 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,Grinding Christmas trees into mulch 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!

Tennessee January 2021 Curbside, Local Recycling and Disposal Options for Trees, Lights and Other Holiday Waste

Tennessee January 2021 Curbside, Local Recycling and Disposal Options for Trees, Lights and Other Holiday Waste

  • Chattanooga, TN - Curbside recycling from December 26th to January, for live trees; Request a pickup through the city's 311 system by calling 423-643-6311, emailing [email protected] or using the CHATT311 app. If you use the app, choose the "Brush Collection" option and request a "live Christmas tree pickup". Public works is offering Christmas tree pickup for live Christmas trees at any of the five recycling centers in the city. City residents can also drop off live Christmas
    If you have an artificial tree to recycle'; you use the same method, but ask for a "bulky item" pickup.
    There are also recycling centers open Monday to Friday from 10 am to 6 pm ;,Saturday from 9 am to 6 pm on and on Sunday from 1 pm 5 pm at the following locations:
    5955 Brainerd Road
    1250 E. 3rd Street
    3189 Cummings Hwy
    8004 Batters Place Road
    4504 N. Access Road Click here for locations, updated information and more details.
  • Hamilton County Christmas Tree Recycling - accepts Christmas trees at any hour of the day at all five Hamilton County Recycling Centers through the month of January. Each Center has a designated space located outside the gate for Christmas trees. Participation is encouraged as trees dropped-off will be used by the Tennessee Department of Wildlife and Forestry Division and the Hamilton County Highway Department. The Highway Department chips the trees into mulch for walking trails, landscaping and landfill ground cover. Hamilton County residents are welcome to pick-up mulch from the chip yard located at the Highway Department on Standifer Gap Road at no charge.
    Household recyclables are accepted at the centers during normal center hours. Residentsive Christmas trees awaiting curbside pickup should place a service request with 311. Service requests can be submitted using the CHATT311 app on an Apple or Android device, by emailing the request to [email protected], or by calling 311 at 423-643-6311. Residents should contact 311 with any additional questions.
    HAMILTON COUNTY'S RECYCLING CENTERS: LOCATIONS & HOURS
    Middle Valley Recycling Center
    1900 Crabtree Road, Hixson, ((423) 843-9317
    Monday & Wednesday 9:00 am till 5:00 pm
    Saturday 8:00 am till 4:00 pm
    Standifer Gap Recycling Center
    7625 Standifer Gap Road, (423) 855-6125
    Monday thru Friday, 9:00 am till 5:00 pm
    Saturday 8:00 am till 4:00 pm
    Sequoyah Recycling Center
    9525 Lovell Road, Soddy- Daisy, (423) 842-2391
    Tuesday, Thursday & Saturday 8:00 am till 4:00 pm
    Highway 58 Recycling Center
    5414 Highway 58, (423) 326-0992
    Monday & Wednesday, 9:00 am till 5:00p.m.
    Saturday 8:00 am till 4:00 pm
    Red Bank Recycling Center
    4851-B Dayton Blvd, (423) 876-2010
    Tuesday & Thursday. 9:00 am till 5:00 pm
    Saturday 8:00 am till 4:00 pm
  • Knoxville, TN - After Jan. 1st, City residents can leave trees at one of the Knox County convenience centers listed below: Trees must be cleaned of all ornaments, lights, wire, string and other decor before bringing them to be tree-cycled. *Christmas tree collection in the City is the same process as for brush collection. After all decorations have been removed, trees should be placed at the street for collection.
    CHRISTMAS LIGHTS RECYCLING: You can recycle your old or unwanted Christmas lights at the following locations:
    - Any donation store should take working holiday lights-- if not in working condition you can still bring them to any Goodwill donation store for recycling
    - Any City of Knoxville recycling drop-off center (ONLY when given to a Goodwill attendant between 8am - 8pm!)
    - County convenience centers at Halls, Dutchtown, John Sevier, & Karns (MUST be given to an attendant!)
    - The City of Knoxville HHW facility located at 1033 Elm St (for City and Knox County residents only)
  • Knoxville County Tree-Cycling Program - Knox County, TN - Treecycling Program. Both Knox County and City residents can also take advantage of the County's Tree-Cycling program. Trees must be cleaned of all ornaments, lights, wire, string and other decor before bringing them to be tree-cycled. More info available at Knox County Solid Waste
    After Jan. 1, 2021, City residents can leave trees at one of the Knox County convenience centers listed below:
    Carter Convenience Center - 8815 Asheville Highway
    Dutchtown Convenience Center - 10618 Dutchtown Road
    Halls Convenience Center - 3608 Neal Drive
    John Sevier Convenience Center - 1950 West John Sevier Highway
    Karns Convenience Center - 6930 Karns Crossing Lane
    Powell Convenience Center - 7311 Morton View Lane
    Tazewell Pike Convenience Center - 7201 Tazewell Pike
    You can also recycle your old or unwanted Christmas lights at the following locations:
    , Any donation store should take working holiday lights-- if not in working condition you can still bring them to any Goodwill donation store for recycling
    , Any City of Knoxville recycling drop-off center (ONLY when given to a Goodwill attendant between 9 am to 5pm!)
    , County convenience centers at Halls, Dutchtown, John Sevier, & Karns (MUST be given to an attendant!)
    , The City of Knoxville HHW facility located at 1033 Elm St (for City and Knox County residents only)

    - 2218 Cumberland Ave
    - 13065 Kingston Pike
    - 405 Lovell Rd
    - 6900 Maynardville Pike
    - 410 Merchants Rd
    - 421 North Cedar Bluff Rd
    - 136 N Northshore Dr
    - 9550 Northshore Dr
    - 7686 Northshore Dr
    - 5800 Oak Ridge Highway
    - 2918 Tazewell Pike
    - 206 Walker Springs Rd
    Other Christmas lights drop-off locations include:
    - Three Rivers Market at 1100 N Central Street
    - Scripps Network at 550 Frank Gardner Ln
    - Sunshine Industries Headquarters at 3000 N. Central Street.
    By donating your old lights to the above listed locations, you can keep them out of the landfill and properly recycle them plus this effort supports Arc Knox County/Sunshine Industries in providing jobs for adults with disabilities. Other drop-off locations not affiliated with Sunshine Industries include:
    - Any City of Knoxville recycling drop-off center (ONLY when given to a Goodwill attendant between 9 am - 5 pm!)
    - County convenience centers at Halls, Dutchtown, John Sevier, & Karns (MUST be given to an attendant!)
    - The City of Knoxville HHW facility located at 1033 Elm St (for City and Knox County residents only)
  • Memphis, TN - Curbside pickup, usually the first week in January. Click here for locations, updated information and more details.
  • Murfreesboro - Christmas Tree Recycling - Christmas trees may be dropped off at the recycling area at Cannonsburgh Historic Village at 312 S. Front Street beginning on Thursday, December 22 through January 6. As the trees accumulate, they will either be picked up by the Solid Waste Department and taken to their facility to be chipped and/or the Urban Environmental Department will chip them on site and unload the chips at their facility to be used for mulching landscaped areas. Trees may also be taken directly to the Solid Waste mulching site at 4765 Florence Road or, if placed by the curb, Solid Waste will pick them up on their regular yard waste cycle. These departments ask that you strip the trees of all ornaments, lights and tinsel as they cannot be chipped with any remaining decoration. Do not bag the tree. Flocked trees cannot be mulched and are not accepted.C lick here for locations, updated information and more details.
  • Nashville, TN - Click here for locations, updated information and more details. Metro Nashville Christmas Tree-cycling No matter where you live in Davidson County, recycling your Christmas tree is easy. Last year, Nashvillians dropped off almost 10,500 trees for recycling through Metro Nashville's Christmas Tree Recycling Drop-off Program! The Christmas Tree Recycling Drop-off program will run from December 26th to mid-February, Operating hours are Friday 7 AM to 4:30 PM; Saturday 8 AM to 3 PM.at the following locations:
    Cane Ridge Park
    Una Recreation Center
    Whitfield Park
    Cedar Hill Park
    Two Rivers Park
    Joelton Community Center
    Sevier Park
    Richland Park
    Elmington Park
    Edwin Warner Park
    Lakewood City Hall
    Frederick Douglas Park
    Both of Living Earth's locations at 1511 Elm Hill Pike and 6401 Centennial Blvd. (Living Earth's of Tennessee's operating hours are Monday-Friday 7:30 am to 4:30 pm; Saturday 7:30 am to noon)
    Trees must be cleaned of all ornaments, lights, wire, string and other decor before bringing them to be tree-cycled. No artificial trees can be accepted. Please do not dump any other items at these drop-off locations. Public Works will take the trees to our contractor, Nature's Best Organics of Tennessee to be chipped and composted into mulch. Recycling Christmas trees into mulch, rather than putting them in the trash, keeps them out of landfills and helps save Metro the cost of disposal fees. For more information about Nashville's recycling programs, call 615-862-8750 or visit our website at www.nashville.gov/Public-Works .
  • Rutherford County, TN - Rutherford County Residents can drop off live Christmas trees for recycling at the solid waste department and Cannonsburgh Village. For more info call 615-893-4380. Residents can also drop off their Christmas trees stripped of decorations, lights, stands, tinsel, etc to be recycled at any of the following locations:
    Cannonsburgh Pioneer Village - 312 South Front Street - 9 am to 4 pm. from Dec. 26 to mid-January
    Murfreesboro Solid Waste Facility - 4765 Florence Road - Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday from 6:30 am to 3:30 pm
    Lee Victory Recreation Park in Smyrna - 110 Sam Ridley Parkway - 6 am to 10 pm. daily
    La Vergne Public Works Facility - 148 International Blvd - 7 am to 5 pm. daily Dec. 26 to mid-January
  • Shelby County, TN - Christmas Tree Recycling - Dec 22 - Jan 11, 2021 (no set hours). Take your Christmas tree, wreaths, garlands & greenery to the Christmas tree recycling center located in the south parking lot of the Shelby County Showplace Arena (105 Germantown Rd). Last year 40+ tons of Christmas greenery were collected and turned into mulch. Mulch will be available to the public in the spring. Drop off your real tree or wreath at Agricenter's ShowPlace Arena lot in the designated area between Make sure there are NO decorations on the greenery. This is the 20th year Shelby County Government has provided this recycling option. If you have curbside service in the City of Memphis or Collierville, you can place your tree at your own curb for collection and it will get turned into mulch. Drop Christmas trees off in the big parking lot in front of the ShowPlace Arena Look for the signs pointing the way to the roped-off area where the trees can be left.
  • Sumner County - The Sumner County Resource Authority will take Christmas trees for $1.25 for up to 100 pounds. Take live Christmas trees (stripped of decorations, lights, stands, tinsel, etc.) to ther Rappahannock Wire Rd. facility on Monday to Friday from 6 am to 5 pm. and Saturdays from 7 am to 4 pm.
  • Williamson County - Trees will be accepted at the following locations below. Tree stands, plastic wrapping, nails, ornaments, lights and tinsel must be removed. Recycle your tree at Drop-Off Locations will be set up at City of Franklin, City of Brentwood, and City of Fairview Parks. Recycling Boxes are also available year-round at all 10 Williamson County convenience centers. Recycled fresh-cut trees will be turned into wood chips to be used in local parks and for local, natural erosion control at the county landfill. Recycling Boxes are also available year-round at all 10 Williamson County convenience centers.
    Brentwood 6:30 am till dusk - Jan 4
    Crockett Park
    Granny White Park
    River Park
    City of Franklin - dawn till dusk - Feb 1
    Curbside service and drop-off at Jim Warren Park, Liberty Park, Fieldstone Park
    Convenience Centers yard waste recycling year round
    Bethesda, College Grove, Fairview, Grassland, Hillsboro, Nolensville, Southall, Thompson Station, Trinit, Landfill
    *Fairview's Bowie Nature Center 799-5544.
  • Wilson County - Take your live Christmas tree, wreaths, garlands & greenery to one of the following:
    - the Rockwood Recycling in Lebanon at 510 Hartmann Drive from Dec. 26 to the first Saturday in January.
    - the Wilson County landfill, 378 Dump Road, Monday to Friday from 7 am to 3 pm. (for Wilson County residents ONL- County waste customers may use curbside recycling b y putting their trees out by 7 am. They will be collected on the regular chipping service day.

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