As Christmas decorations come down and go back into containers until next year, live trees can recycled into mulch through Metro’s Public Works department.
Davidson County residents can take their trees to one of Metro’s parks through February 9 rather than having them go into the landfill.
Leave your tree at Cane Ridge Park, Una Recreation Center, Whitfield Park, Cedar Hill Park, Two Rivers Park, Joelton Community Park, Sevier Park, Richland Park, Edwin Warner Park and Lakewood City Hall. Public Works will then collect the trees for mulching at the Bordeaux Mulch Facility.
All trees must be free of lights, ornaments, icicles, all tinsel and garland. No flocked and no artificial trees can be accepted. Public Works will take the trees to the Bordeaux Mulching Facility to be chipped and composted into mulch. Public Works officials ask that trees not be placed in plastic bags. They also advise not to illegally dump any other items at the drop-off locations.
Natural brown mulch, made from Christmas trees and yard brush, is sold at the facility for $9.50 a cubic yard. The Bordeaux Mulching Facility is open Monday through Saturday, 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. No mulch sales will be available after noon on Saturdays.
Recycling Christmas trees into mulch, rather than putting them in the trash, keeps them out of landfills and helps save Metro the cost of disposal fees. In 2031, more than 14,400 trees were recycled through the Christmas Tree Drop-Off Program.
Christmas tree may also be placed with your brush and will be collected through the brush program on your regularly scheduled route. For more information about the tree drop-off program or brush collection schedule, call 615-880-1000 or visit the Public Works website.