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Free Christmas tree pickup, drop-off dates scheduled for Louisville

Drop-offs can be recycled for mulch

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Dec. 14, 2015) — Louisville residents looking to get rid of Christmas trees after the holiday can take part in a free curbside pickup program by Metro Public Works in the Urban Services District (the old City of Louisville boundaries).

Beginning Dec. 26, residents with city curbside yard waste pickup can set their Christmas trees and greenery out on their regular collection day. Trees must not be in plastic bags.

Drop-off sites will also be available for all Louisville/Jefferson County 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. 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. All lights and ornaments should be removed from trees before they are set out or dropped off.

Residents normally serviced by private waste haulers should check with those companies to see whether and when tree pickup is available.

Christmas tree vendors can recycle their unsold trees on Dec. 26 only and only at the Hubbard’s Lane site.

Drop off Locations (Dec. 26, 29-31, Jan. 2 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.):

  • East District Recycling Center, 595 N. Hubbards Lane (Bring containers to take home fresh mulch.)
  • Southwest Government Center, 7219 Dixie Highway (Bring containers to take home fresh mulch.)
  • Waste Reduction Center – 636 Meriwether Avenue (Tree drop-off only. Mulch is not available at this location.)

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