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Metro Newsroom

Recycle Your Christmas Tree After the Holidays

Monday December 22, 2008

No Cost to Residents

Mayor Jerry Abramson today announced a program to help residents recycle their live Christmas trees into nutrient-rich mulch. The trees will be mulched at no cost to residents after the holidays. Residents may take their trees to one of the city’s three Tree-Cycling Centers on December 29, 30, and 31, and again on January 5, 6, and 7. All locations listed below are open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 

Recycling Centers

People taking trees to the recycling sites are encouraged to bring containers to take home the fresh, evergreen mulch for use in the spring. The evergreen mulch performs particularly well for acid-loving plants, such as azaleas and rhododendrons. Residents in the Urban Services District may deposit their trees and greenery curbside beginning Friday, December 26.

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 will begin. Christmas tree vendors may recycle their unsold trees on Wednesday, December 31 at the Hubbards Lane location.

For every five trees recycled, approximately 35 pounds of mulch can be created to help nourish new plant and tree growth. Each year, the tree-cycling program produces approximately six tons of mulch. A large quantity of it is used as cover for metro government planting beds. The holiday tree recycling program is a Louisville Metro Solid Waste Management initiative. Brightside and Metro Public Works are also partners in the project.

For more information, please contact MetroCall at 311 or 574-5000.