City of Knoxville and Knox County Offer Tree and Light Recycling Programs

December 27th, 2019

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While Ijams is NOT collecting holiday trees this year, you can still recycle live Christmas trees and working or nonworking lights through City and County programs.

Christmas tree collection in the City follows the same process as brush collection. After all decorations have been removed, trees should be placed at the street for collection. Please note that Public Service Department crews will be concentrating on leaf collection and will pick up brush and Christmas trees as time allows. The regular two-week schedule for brush will not begin until March 1, depending on the area of the City.

City residents can also take advantage of the County’s Tree-Cycling program. After Jan. 1, 2020, City residents can leave trees at one of the Knox County convenience centers listed below:

  • Carter Convenience Center – 8815 Asheville Highway
  • Dutchtown Convenience Center – 10618 Dutchtown Road
  • Halls Convenience Center – 3608 Neal Drive
  • John Sevier Convenience Center – 1950 West John Sevier Highway
  • Karns Convenience Center – 6930 Karns Crossing Lane
  • Powell Convenience Center – 7311 Morton View Lane
  • Tazewell Pike Convenience Center – 7201 Tazewell Pike

Trees must be cleaned of all ornaments, lights, wire, string and other decor before bringing them to be tree-cycled.
More information available at Knox County Solid Waste

You also can recycle your old or unwanted Christmas lights. Any store that accepts donations should take working holiday lights. If not in working condition, bring lights to one of the following locations:

  • Any Goodwill donation store
  • All City of Knoxville recycling drop-off centers. NOTE: You MUST give them to a Goodwill attendant between 9 a.m.- 5 p.m.!
  • Knox County convenience centers at Halls, Dutchtown, John Sevier and Karns; NOTE:  You MUST give them to an attendant!
  • City of Knoxville Household Hazardous Waste facility at 1033 Elm St. NOTE: City and Knox County residents only.

Thank you for protecting the planet!

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