What to do with your Christmas tree after the holidays

Out with the old, in with the New Year.

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Chuck your Christmas tree out at Bernheim Forest.

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Sure, the holidays are all fun and games — but if you celebrate Christmas, you know that sooner or later you have to deal with that “Night of the Living Dead” tree in the corner.

Here are some tips on how to properly dispose of your seasonal decorations.

Christmas tree drop-off

Through Saturday, Jan. 27, three drop-off sites will collect trees from Jefferson County residents Tuesday-Saturday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

  • East District Recycling Center, 595 N. Hubbards Ln.
  • Public Works Yard, 10500 Lower River Rd.
  • Waste Reduction Center, 636 Meriwether Ave.

The East District Recycling Center will instantly turn recycled Christmas trees into mulch that residents can take home — just remember to bring a container.

Bonus: The Meriwether Avenue center also collects broken lights and other used electronics.

Curbside pick-up

Metro Public Works provides curbside pick-up of Christmas trees in the Urban Service District through January. Louisvillians can place their undecorated trees and other greenery out on their regular yard waste day for collection. Pro tip: Don’t put them in plastic bags.

Keep in mind that yard waste will be collected every other week from Jan. 15 to March 11 as part of the winter schedule.

Drop-off at Bernheim Forest

Toss your tree at the turnaround point left of the front gatehouse through January. The arboretum will turn it into mulch that will be used throughout the forest.