published Tuesday, December 31st, 2013

Hamilton County prepared to recycle your Christmas tree

Brian Bukovitz tosses his Christmas tree to be recycled at Hamilton County's Middle Valley Recycling site on Crabtree Road on Monday. "I like a real tree because it smells good and looks nice," Bukovitz said as he disposed of his tree.
Brian Bukovitz tosses his Christmas tree to be recycled at Hamilton County's Middle Valley Recycling site on Crabtree Road on Monday. "I like a real tree because it smells good and looks nice," Bukovitz said as he disposed of his tree.
Photo by Tim Barber.

RECYCLING LOCATIONS

The five locations to recycle your Christmas trees are listed below:

Standifer Gap Recycling Center

7625 Standifer Gap Rd., 423-855-6125

Hours: Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Highway 58 Recycling Center

5414 Highway 58, 423-326-0992

Hours: Monday and Wednesday , 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Saturday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Sequoyah Recycling Center

9525 Lovell Rd., Soddy-Daisy, 423-842-2391

Hours: Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Red Bank Recycling Center

4851-B Dayton Blvd, 423-876-2010

Hours: Tuesday and Thursday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Saturday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Middle Valley Recycling Center

1900 Crabtree Road, Hixson, 423-843-9317

Hours: Monday and Wednesday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Saturday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The presents have come, the stockings are down and the beloved once-green Christmas tree is now shedding needles like crazy.

But Hamilton County is prepared.

Crews with the county's recycling centers are encouraging residents to drop off their old, bristly Christmas trees at any of five designated facilities through January.

The recycled evergreens will be repurposed by the Tennessee Department of Wildlife and Forestry Division, as well as the Hamilton County Highway Department.

The Highway Department will chip the trees into mulch for walking trails, landscaping and landfill ground cover. And it's a two-way street: residents are welcome to pick up mulch from the chip yard at the Highway Department on Standifer Gap Road at no charge.

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