Generic Christmas trees 11-25-21

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- With another Christmas in the books, Louisville has several ways to help you dispose of your Christmas trees.

Starting Tuesday, Louisville Metro Department of Public Works will have three locations for Louisville residents to drop off trees. Those locations are at the East District Recycling Center on Hubbards Lane, the Public Works Yard on Lower River Road and the Waste Reduction Center on Meriwether Avenue.

The Hubbards Lane site will "instantly recycle Christmas trees into mulch that will be offered back to citizens for home use," according to Louisville Metro Public Works. Those who would like mulch are asked to bring a container for it.

Officials are reminding residents to make sure all of the lights and ornaments are off the trees before dropping them off, and to double check that no animals are hiding in the tree. Christmas trees can also be donated to Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest, where they will become a permanent part of the arboretum.

From now until Jan. 31, 2022, there will be a collection site set up to the left of the front gate. The trees will be broken down and used as mulch. Those who donate trees can grab a free cup of hot cocoa at the visitors center after drop off. 

Starting Dec. 26, Kentucky Fish and Wildlife began accepting natural Christmas trees at more than two dozen drop-off locations across the state for this annual program. Please remove any lights, ornaments, tinsel, garland or any other decorations from trees that will be donated.

Tree collection will continue between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. daily through Jan. 15, 2022.

Kentucky Fish and Wildlife staff will build habitat structures out of the Christmas trees and submerge them in public waters. This makes great refuge and feeding habitat for game fishes, as well as their prey - small fish and invertebrates that are crucial for a thriving ecosystem.

Most street departments in southern Indiana are picking up real Christmas trees on normal trash or yard waste pickup days. Check with your city or town's street department for more details. 

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