How to Repurpose Your Post-Christmas Pine

Communications Director

Eric Vreeland
evreeland@knoxvilletn.gov
(865) 215-3480

400 Main St., Room 654A
Knoxville, TN 37902

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How to Repurpose Your Post-Christmas Pine

Posted: 12/19/2017
A fresh-cut Christmas tree is a holiday delight, but what do you do when the decorations come down? Recycle it! 

City residents can place their bare trees at the curb for pick-up by Public Service workers as time and resources allow around regular leaf collection. 

These trees are taken to the City’s mulch contractor, Nature’s Best Organics. Residents can also take their trees to Nature’s Best Organics for a minimum $5 charge.

After Jan. 1, 2018, residents can leave trees at one of the Knox County convenience centers listed below: 

• 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

Trees must be cleaned of all ornaments, lights, wire, string and other decor before bringing them to be tree-cycled.

And if your strands of Christmas lights have shone for the last time, you can keep them out of the landfill by taking them directly to a Goodwill attendant at any City of Knoxville recycling drop-off center or County convenience center at Halls, Dutchtown, John Sevier and Karns. Lights must be given to an attendant to be recycled. Lights can also be turned in at the City’s Hazardous Household Waste facility at 1033 Elm Street.