Knox County offers Christmas tree recycling

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After the Christmas season, with the lights removed and ornaments taken down and put away in their boxes, usually remains the Christmas tree.

If you decorated a live tree this year, there are options for disposal offered by Knox County at multiple locations beginning Jan. 2 through Jan. 31. 

Knox County’s Christmas tree recycling and drop-off services are offered to Knox County residents, who can bring their unwanted, live Christmas trees to participating convenience centers – for free. 

Trees must be cleaned of all ornaments, lights, wire, string and other decor before being delivered to participating centers

City of Knoxville residents can place their bare trees at the curb for pick-up by public service workers as time and resources allow during the city’s ongoing leaf collection season. 

Normal hours of operation for all Knox County Convenience Center are 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday; they are closed on Sunday.

The Centers will be closed on Monday, Dec. 24 and Tuesday, Dec. 25 in observance of Christmas, but will be open normal hours on Wednesday, Dec. 26. They will close again on Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2019, in observance of New Year’s Day, but will be open normal hours again on Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2019.

County officials ask that residents please note that center users may experience higher than normal wait times during the holiday season.

Knox County residents can bring their bare Christmas trees to the following convenience centers: 

  • Carter Convenience Center – 8815 Asheville Hwy
  • Dutchtown Convenience Center – 10618 Dutchtown Rd
  • Halls Convenience Center – 3608 Neal Dr
  • John Sevier Convenience Center – 1950 W. Gov. John Sevier Hwy
  • Karns Convenience Center – 6930 Karns Crossing Lane
  • Powell Convenience Center – 7311 Morton View Ln
  • Tazewell Pike Convenience Center – 7201 Tazewell Pike

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