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"Re-Gift" Christmas Tree After the Holidays

Monday December 18, 2006

Mayor Jerry Abramson today announced a program to help residents recycle their “live” trees after the holidays. The trees will be recycled into nutrient-rich mulch at no cost to residents when Christmas comes to a close.

Individuals in the Urban Services District may deposit their trees and greenery curbside starting December 26. Residents may also dispose of their trees at one of the city’s four Tree-Cycling Centers on December 27, 28, 29 and again on January 2, 3, and 4. All locations listed below are open from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

  • Recycling Center - 595 Hubbards Lane
  • Recycling Center - 7219 Dixie Highway
  • Public Works Yard – 3528 Newburg Road
  • Waste Reduction Center - 636 Meriwether Avenue
Christmas tree vendors may recycle their unsold trees on Friday, December 29 at the Hubbards Lane location.

Persons taking trees to the sites are encouraged to bring containers and 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.

For every five trees recycled, approximately 35 pounds of mulch can be created to help nourish new plant and tree growth. Last year, the tree-cycling program produced 8.83 tons of mulch. A large quantity of it was used at Otter Creek Park as well 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.

Brightside is Louisville’s non-profit organization dedicated to promoting environmental stewardship and beautification. Be a part of that process by recycling you Christmas tree!

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