How to Recycle or Dispose of Christmas TreesWhere and How to Recycle or Dispose of Christmas Trees in Kentucky in January 2017

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

  • 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 !
  • Campbell County - residents can begin dropping their trees off Wednesday at various sites. The trees will be collected and turned into compost by Northern Kentucky University.
  • Florence, KY - Two options are available to recycle your Christmas tree this season. Curbside pickup will occur early January (set out no later than 7:00 a.m.) or a drop-off site at Stringtown Park will be available until Saturday, January 9 (drop-off before 8:00 a.m.). Please click the following link for details: Christmas Tree-Recycling.
  • 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:
    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.
    For 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
  • Lexington, KY - Christmas trees can be recycled with yard waste. Put trees on the curb for normal collection day. Make sure all ornaments and tinsel are removed from the tree. 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. Christmas Tree Recycling - Private Collection: The Division of Streets & Roads will pick up Christmas Trees from those residents who do not have UCG Waste Management garbage collection. Click here for locations, updated information and more details.
  • Louisville, KY - residents are encouraged to recycle their natural Christmas trees, turning them into nutrient-rich mulch for free. Individuals can take their tree to one of three Louisville Tree-Cycling centers December 27th - 29th and again January 3rd - 5th. All three locations are open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Citizens taking trees to the sites at Hubbards Lane and Dixie Highway are encouraged to bring containers to bring home the fresh evergreen mulch created from their tree. (Mulch not available at the Waste Reduction Center.)
    · Recycling Center - East District, 595 N. Hubbards Lane
    · Recycling Center - Southwest Government Center, 7219 Dixie Highway
    · Waste Reduction Center - 636 Meriwether Avenue (Tree drop-off only. Mulch not available at this location.)
    Christmas tree vendors can recycle their unsold trees ONLY on Thursday, December 27th at the Hubbards Lane location. Starting Thursday, December 27, 2012 residents in the Urban Services District may deposit their trees and greenery curbside on their regular yard waste collection day. Residents living outside the Urban Service District should check with their private waste haulers to see if tree pickup service is available and when it begins. For 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 and rhododendrons.

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