The holiday season is officially over but you still have your live tree up. So what’s a Memphian to do? Recycle it!
The Shelby County government will take your Christmas trees and wreaths at the Agricenter. Resident can drop off their greenery, free of lights and decorations, at the designated drop-off area near Showplace Arena at 105 South Germantown Road through January 9.
“This is the 18th year for the program,” said Shelby County Director of Public Works Tom Needham. “We want people to take advantage of this free service and bring their trees and other decorations to the recycling center. After the holidays, we find many of these items dumped along the roadsides.”
The Memphis Botanic Garden is also offering a recycling option. It has teamed up with The Yard to accept Christmas greenery for recycling. Drop off your tree at 1735 Thomas Road, just off Covington Pike and Pleasant View Road from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 7 a.m.to 2 p.m. on Saturday. If you mention the Memphis Botanic Garden when dropping off your recyclables at The Yard, The Yard will donate $5 to the Memphis Botanic Garden.
The City of Memphis also offers curbside pickup for Christmas trees. According to Memphis 311, just leave your tree on top of your cans on your normal pickup day if possible and the city will pick them up. Beware that the city is running behind on pickups. For more stories relating to the culture of Memphis, visit our Culture page.