Christmas tree recycling; centers closed on Wednesdays

Jay FitzFeature

From Jan. 3 to Jan. 31, Knox County residents can bring their unwanted, live Christmas trees to any Knox County convenience center for free, no-cost disposal.

Knox County operates these convenience centers:

  • Carter (8815 Asheville Highway)
  • Dutchtown (10618 Dutchtown Road)
  • Halls (3608 Neal Drive)
  • John Sevier (1950 W. Gov. John Sevier Highway)
  • Karns (6930 Karns Crossing Lane)
  • Powell (7311 Morton View Lane)
  • Tazewell Pike (7201 Tazewell Pike)

Trees must be cleaned of all decorations including, but not limited to, ornaments, wire, string and Christmas lights before being delivered to a convenience center. Any non-working tree lights can be recycled with electronics at the Dutchtown, Halls, John Sevier or Karns centers. More information can be found here.

No other green waste or tree limbs will be collected. Additionally, fake trees are considered bulky waste and garland and wreaths mounted on wires should be thrown in the trash.

Starting Jan. 11, normal hours of operation for all Knox County convenience centers will be 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. Saturdays will be 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Centers are closed on Sundays and Wednesdays. All centers will be closed on Monday, Jan. 2, in observance of New Year’s Day. They will be open following the normal schedules on Tuesday, Jan. 3.

Please note that the centers may experience significant wait times following a holiday closure. Center users are urged, if possible, to postpone their regular waste trip until Tuesday or Thursday the following week when centers are less busy.

Info: Solid Waste offices at 865-215-5865.

Information provided by Knox County office of solid waste


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