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Not sure what to do with your Christmas tree this year? Metro Public Works and Metro Parks are teaming up to offer Davidson County residents a convenient and environmentally-friendly way to dispose of trees.

Last holiday season, Nashville residents dropped off more than 17,000 trees for recycling through the city's tree recycling drop-off program. Nearly 40 percent of U.S. home fires that begin with Christmas trees happen in January, according to the National Fire Protection Agency.

Here's everything you need to know about preparing your tree for recycling:

When and where can I drop off my tree?

The program will run through Feb. 16 at the following locations:

  • Cane Ridge Park
  • Una Recreation Center
  • Whitfield Park
  • Cedar Hill Park
  • Two Rivers Park
  • Joelton Community Center
  • Sevier Park
  • Richland Park
  • Elmington Park
  • Edwin Warner Park
  • Frederick Douglas Park
  • Both of Living Earth’s locations at 1511 Elm Hill Pike and 6401 Centennial Blvd.

Operating hours are 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday and 7:30 a.m. to noon Saturday.

What should I do before recycling my tree?

Trees must be cleaned of all ornaments, lights, wire, string and other decor before bringing them to be tree-cycled. No artificial trees can be accepted.

What will Public Works do with donated trees?

Public Works will take the trees to be chipped and composted into mulch, a process the department says will keep them out of landfills and save Metro the cost of disposal fees.

For more information about Nashville’s recycling programs, call 615-862-5000 or visit the Public Works website.

Dylan Skye Aycock is a Nashville-based journalist and photographer. As a reporter for Rover, Aycock follows transportation, housing and retail trends, as well as other hyperlocal and city-wide issues that affect residents in Green Hills and Belle Meade.

She previously contributed written and visual content to The Murfreesboro Pulse, American Songwriter Magazine and The Tennessean. Aycock earned a journalism degree from Middle Tennessee State University, where she honed her craft as editor-in-chief of Sidelines, the university's student-run publication. When she's not out on assignment or live-tweeting city council meetings, you can find her discovering new local spots or catching a show at one of Nashville's many music venues.

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