Christmas tree recycling

Mike DonilaFeature

From Jan. 3-31, Knox County residents can bring their unwanted, live Christmas trees to participating Knox County Convenience Centers for free disposal at no cost.

Knox County operates the following 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)

Before dropping off, 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 Convenience Centers. More information can be found here.

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

Knox County Convenience Centers are open 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday through Friday and 7 a.m.-3 p.m. on Saturday. Centers are closed on Sundays. All centers will be closed Friday and Saturday, Jan. 1-2, in observance of New Year’s Day. They will be open following the normal schedules on Monday, 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 Wednesday the following week when centers are less busy. Info: 865-215-5865.

Mike Donila is communications director for Knox County government.

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