How to Recycle or Dispose of Christmas TreesWhere and How to Recycle or Dispose of Christmas Trees in Tennessee in January 2018

How to Recycle or Dispose of Christmas Trees

In many urban and suburban areas, Christmas trees are collected from curbside during the first 2 weeks in January. 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 usually accepted, 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 garbage hauler. But scrroll down this page for more specific information and local links.

What happens to the trees? In most cases, the trees are chipped and made into a mulch which is usually made available, free to city or county residents. Important: Never burn your Christmas tree in a fireplace or wood stove. Burning the tree may contribute to creosote buildup and could cause a chimney fire.

Tips: Always follow the links (usually the 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 (it's government, remember?). If your area is Grinding Christmas trees into mulchnot specifically mentioned below, contact your trash collection agency and inquire!

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Tennessee: Where and How to Recycle Your Christmas Tree After the Holidays

  • Chattanooga, TN - Curbside recycling from December 26th to January 8th, please call 311 to make an appointment for pick up. 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, or by calling 311 at 423-643-6311.  Residents should contact 311 with any additional questions.
    Middle Valley Recycling Center
    1900 Crabtree Road, Hixson, ((423) 843-9317
    Monday & Wednesday 9:00 a.m. till 5:00 p.m.
    Saturday 8:00 a.m. till 4:00 p.m.
    Standifer Gap Recycling Center
    7625 Standifer Gap Road, (423) 855-6125
    Monday thru Friday, 9:00 a.m. till 5:00 p.m.
    Saturday 8:00 a.m. till 4:00 p.m.
    Sequoyah Recycling Center
    9525 Lovell Road, Soddy- Daisy, (423) 842-2391
    Tuesday, Thursday & Saturday 8:00 a.m. till 4:00 p.m.
    Highway 58 Recycling Center
    5414 Highway 58, (423) 326-0992
    Monday & Wednesday, 9:00 a.m. till 5:00p.m.
    Saturday 8:00 a.m. till 4:00 p.m.
    Red Bank Recycling Center
    4851-B Dayton Blvd, (423) 876-2010
    Tuesday & Thursday. 9:00 a.m. till 5:00 p.m.
    Saturday 8:00 a.m. till 4:00 p.m.
  • Knoxville, TN - Click here for locations, updated information and more details.   Other Christmas lights dropoff locations include: 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. Please note that Public Service Department crews will be concentrating on leaf collection and will pick up brush and Christmas trees as time allows. The regular two week schedule for brush will not begin until February 1st, depending on the area of the City. Thank you for your patience.** CHRISTMAS LIGHTS RECYCLING You can recycle your old or unwanted Christmas lights via a Sunshine Industries Initiative at these Pilot Flying J locations between November 21st and January 31st:
    - 701 Campbell Station Rd
    - 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 9am - 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)
    Knoxville County Tree-Cycling Program - City residents can also take advantage of the County's Tree-Cycling program. After the New Year, residents can bring unwanted, live Christmas trees for free disposal. Knox County will not be offering mulch pick-up this year, but residents will be able to drop off trees throughout the entire month of January at no cost. Trees must be cleaned of all ornaments, lights, wire, string and other decor before bringing them to be tree-cycled. Drop-off locations are the Dutchtown Convenience Center, Forks of the River Convenience Center, Halls Convenience Center, John Sevier Convenience Center, Powell Convenience Center and Tazewell Pike Convenience Center.
    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
  • Memphis, TN - Curbside pickup, usually the first week in January. Click here for locations, updated information and more details.
  • Murfreesburo -  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 Friday, 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 26 to February 16, 2018, Operating hours are Friday 7:00 AM to 4:30 PM; Saturday 8:00 AM to 3:00 the following locations:
    Cane Ridge Park, 419 Battle Rd.
    Una Recreation Center, 136 Una Recreation Rd.
    Whitfield Park, 5101 Edmondson Pike
    Cedar Hill Park, 860 West Old Hickory Blvd.
    Two Rivers Park, 3150 McGavock Pike
    Joelton Community Center, 67 Fairfield Ave.
    Sevier Park, 3021 Lealand Ave.
    Richland Park, 4601 Charlotte Pike
    Elmington Park, 3531 West End Ave.
    Edwin Warner Park, 50 Vaughn Rd.
    Lakewood City Hall, 3401 Old Hickory Blvd.
    Douglas Park, 210 N 7th St.
    Nature's Best Organics of Tennessee, 1511 Elm Hill Pike (Hours 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Friday, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday)
    Nature's Best Organics of Tennessee, 6401 Centennial Blvd (Hours 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Friday, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday)
    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 .
  • Shelby County, TN - Christmas Tree Recycling – 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.
  • Williamson County - Trees will be accepted at the following locations below. Tree stands, plastic wrapping, nails, ornaments, lights and tinsel must be removed.
    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