Spread Christmas cheer throughout the year

Monday, December 28, 2009 at 2:48am
Staff reports

Though your Christmas tree may have more needles on the floor than on the branches, it still can add life to shrubs and plants – as mulch.

Davidson County residents can recycle their live Christmas trees today through Feb. 16 at one of 10 Metro sites again this holiday season.

Recycling Christmas trees into mulch, rather than dumping them in the trash, in an alley or other seemingly deserted area, keeps them out of landfills and helps save Metro the cost of disposal fees, Public Works Director Billy Lynch said.

Christmas tree mulch, which is slightly acidic, is especially beneficial to acid-loving plants such as evergreens and rhododendrons, and one tree equals roughly one trash bag of chips.

That’s a lot of chips considering Metro Nashville recycles 12,000-15,000 trees each holiday season – about 500 per day.

All trees must be free of lights, ornaments, icicles, all tinsel and garland. No flocked trees can be accepted.

Metro’s 2009 Christmas tree drop-off locations:

  • Cane Ridge, 419 Battle Road
  • Cedar Hill, 860 Old Hickory Blvd.
  • Edwin Warner, 50 Vaughn Road
  • Elmington, 3531 West End Ave.
  • Joelton Community Park, 21 Joelton Community Center Road
  • Richland, 4601 Charlotte Pike
  • Sevier, corner of Clayton Ave and Granny White Pike, near picnic shelters
  • Two Rivers, 3150 McGavock Pike
  • Whitfield, Edmondson Pike @ Brewer Drive

Additional location:

Una Recreation Center, 136 Una Recreation Road

Residents can also take their live trees to the Bordeaux facility, which is open Monday-Saturday from 7 a.m. until 4 p.m. For more information, call 862-8750 or visit www.nashville.gov/Recycle.

If you’d rather not mulch, you can still place your tree outdoors or in a brush pile where branches can become a winter habitat for birds and other small wildlife.

Before disposing of a live-cut Christmas tree, remember to:

  • Remove all trimmings such as tinsel, ornaments, lights and garlands.
  • Seek permission before discarding trees on public or private land. Discarding trees without permission could result in a litter violation.