Trees can now be dropped off for free at six different Knox County convenience centers until the end of January.
People need to remove all decorations before dropping the trees off.
You can recycle trees at the following locations:
- Dutchtown Convenience Center - 10618 Dutchtown Road
- Forks of the River Convenience Center - 3106 Water Plant Road
- Halls Convenience Center - 3608 Neal Drive
- John Sevier Convenience Center - 1810 John Sevier Hwy
- Powell Convenience Center - 7311 Morton View Lane
- Tazewell Pike Convenience Center - 7201 Tazewell Pike
At those locations, the trees will be converted into mulch. The county hopes this will keep old trees out of landfills and put beneficial nutrients back into the soil.
"There's a larger amount of waste that is generated during Thanksgiving to Christmas time, and actually, the mixed paper is definitely going up," said Zach Johnson, the Knox County recycling coordinator.
If you live in the city, you can place your tree by the curb, and crews will pick it up. Ijams Nature Center is collecting live Christmas trees as well. They will also be converted into mulch, or used as shelter for animals.