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Recycle Your Christmas Tree After the Holidays

Friday December 21, 2012

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (December 21, 2012) – After the holidays, 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, Dec. 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.