For all the excitement of decorating for the holidays, the magic wanes when it’s time to tear it all down again. The biggest chore of all? Figuring out what to do with the Christmas tree. If you have your own wood chipper, you’re a step ahead of the rest of us. If not, we’re here to help you find a sustainable way to dispose of your tree. After all, if you can simultaneously tidy up your house and help keep your tree out of our local landfills, it’s a merry Christmas, indeed! Here’s a list of local Music City pick-up and drop-off locations.

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Are you wondering where to dispose of your Christmas tree? We’ve got you covered!

Where to Recycle Your Christmas Tree in Nashville

Pick-Up Services

The Hillwood High School Band Christmas Tree Pick-Up

Sunday, December 27, 2020 (Routes begin at 1 p.m.)
Saturday, January 2, 9 and 16, 2021 (Routes begin at 8 a.m.)
Sunday, January 3 and 10 (Routes begin at 1 p.m.)

The Hillwood High School Band is hosting its 16th Annual Davidson County Christmas Tree Pick-Up. For a minimum donation of $10, you can support Hillwood’s band program by letting the volunteers pick up and recycle your tree. Your donation is even tax-deductible! All you have to do is remove the decor and place your tree outside your home before pick-up. Due to COVID, the Hillwood team is conducting a “no-entry” program this year, so they’re only entering public areas. With that in mind, be sure to plan accordingly if you live in an apartment or condo. Volunteers will also be taking precautionary measures to keep everyone safe, including wellness checks, wearing masks, and using hand sanitizer. To register and schedule your tree pick-up, complete the form HERE.

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Preston Taylor Ministries

January 4, 2020, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Preston Taylor Ministries is once again conducting its annual Christmas tree pick-up and recycling program. The fundraising efforts raise money for kindergarten through 12-graders to attend field trips throughout the year, and there is a suggested donation of $10. This year’s system is COVID-friendly, with contactless payment and pick-up. Schedule your pick-up HERE, and leave your decoration-free tree outside of your home.

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Drop-Off Locations

The Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee

The Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee is collecting Christmas trees for their residents. The nonprofit facility in Hohenwald is a safe haven for nearly 30 elephants who are retired from zoos and circuses and, believe it or not, you can donate up to five decoration-free trees to the sanctuary, providing enrichment for the elephants and supplementing their winter diets. The collection is taking place through Tuesday, January 4, 2021. For more information on donating your tree to The Elephant Sanctuary, you can visit their website or call 931-796-6500.

Nashville Public Works

Nashville Public Works offers easy tree recycling drop-off at 14 locations across Davidson County — just be sure you remove all of the festive frills such as lights, ornaments and tinsel before you bring it in. No flocked or artificial trees are accepted since Public Works takes them to Living Earth to be chipped and composted into mulch. They are receiving trees at the following locations, from December 26, 2020, through February 12, 2021.

  • Cane Ridge Park, 419 Battle Road, Antioch, TN 37013
  • Cedar Hill Park, 860 Old Hickory Blvd., Madison, TN 37115
  • Edwin Warner Park, 50 Vaughn Road, Nashville, TN 37221
  • Elmington Park, 3531 West End Ave., Nashville, TN 37205
  • Frederick Douglass Park, 210 North 7th Street, Nashville, TN 37206
  • Joelton Community Center, 21 Joelton Community Center Road, Joelton, TN 37080
  • Lakewood City Hall, 3401 Old Hickory Blvd., Lakewood, TN 37138
  • Richland Park, 4601 Charlotte Pike, Nashville, TN 37209
  • Sevier Park, 3021 Lealand Lane, Nashville, TN 37204
  • Two Rivers Park, 3150 McGavock Pike, Nashville, TN 37214
  • Una Recreation Center, 134 Una Recreation Road, Nashville, TN 37217
  • Whitfield Park, 5101 Edmondson Pike, Nashville, TN 37211
  • Living Earth (East), 1511 Elm Hill Pike, Nashville, TN 37210
  • Living Earth (West), 6401 Centennial Blvd., Nashville, TN 37209

To find out more information about Metro Nashville’s recycling programs, call (615) 862-5000 or visit the Public Works website.

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