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Solid Waste Newsroom

Curbside and Drop-off Christmas Tree Recycling Available

Tuesday December 24, 2013

Drop-off sites will recycle trees into mulch that citizens can take home

Metro Solid Waste Management will again this year offer curbside pickup of Christmas Trees to residents of the Urban Services District (the old City of Louisville boundaries). Beginning Thursday, December 26, residents with City curbside yard waste pickup may set their Christmas trees and greenery out on their regular collection day.

Drop-off sites will also be available for all Louisville residents at three locations. Two of the three drop-off sites will also instantly recycle trees in to mulch that will be offered back to citizens for home use.

Those wishing to receive mulch must bring an appropriate container in which to carry it. 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. Trees picked up from curbside will also be recycled but not offered as mulch.

Louisville residents outside the Urban Services District who are interested in curbside pickup should check with their private waste haulers to see whether and when tree pickup is available.

Christmas tree vendors may recycle their unsold trees on Thursday, December 26 ONLY, and only at the Hubbard’s Lane site.


East District Recycling Center, 595 N. Hubbards Lane

Southwest Government Center, 7219 Dixie Highway

Waste Reduction Center - 636 Meriwether Avenue (Tree drop-off only. Mulch is not available at this location.)


December 26, 27 and 28th

January 2, 3 and 4th


9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.