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Undeck the halls: How to dispose of your Christmas tree in Kentuckiana

by Melissa Chipman

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Are you just flat out “over” Christmas? Don’t worry. We won’t judge you. Sometimes it’s tough to make the merry last all season long.

If you’re truly over it, then your first step is getting rid of the 800-pound gorilla in the room.

Or, the 45-pound Douglas Fir.

Here are your options for undecking the halls this season.

Option One: Curbside it

For those of you who are already ready to be done with the holidays, you’re in luck. Metro Solid Waste Management began picking up trees on Thursday, Dec. 26, from the curbsides of residents with city yard waste pickup. Set your tree and greenery out on your regular collection day, and the tree will be whisked away faster than you can say “Bah Humbug.”

Both Clark and Floyd counties in Indiana share the same policy.

If you do not have curbside pick up courtesy of your city, check with your private provider. But you also have other options.

Option Two: Drop it

Three drop-off sites will also be available for all Louisvillians, whether you have city waste pick up or not. Two of the three drop-off sites will also turn your Christmas memories into mulch for your spring gardens. 

According to the city’s news release:

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. 

Drop off locations are open Dec. 28, Jan. 2, 3 and 4 from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m.

Locations:

  • East District Recycling Center, 595 N. Hubbards Lane
  • Southwest Government Center, 7219 Dixie Hwy.
  • Waste Reduction Center, 636 Meriwether Ave. (Tree drop-off only. Mulch is not available at this location.)

In Floyd County, here are your drop off options:

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Option Three: Bernheim it

It’s kind of nice to think of your Christmas tree living another life supporting an organization like Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest.

According to the Bernheim website:

When your holiday tree has given you the best of its seasonal cheer, extend its life by sharing it with Bernheim. We will turn it into mulch that will be used in the arboretum. The collection point is at the turnaround on the left at the front gate.

Option Four: Sink it

If you’re feeling up for a little scenic road trip and don’t mind taking the tree along, the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources will welcome your discarded tree at a number of drop off sites — just none in Jefferson County. The KDFWR is using your trees to create new fish habitats in lakes around the commonwealth. So if you are an angler or just dig fish and wildlife, this is a good way to give back to Mother Nature.

Here’s a database of KDFWR drop off sites across the commonwealth.

Any other ideas for how to safely and legally dispose of trees? Leave suggestions in the comments section!

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