Today is the LAST DAY folks to recycle your Christmas Tree. Let Gatlinburg take care of your tree instead of dragging it down to the curb and waiting for it to be picked up for weeks, or even months sometimes. In return, you might even get something you didn’t expect but will leave you smiling regardless.
Today, Thursday Jan. 3, 2013, is the last day that the city of Gatlinburg will offer its annual Christmas tree exchange. Anyone who wants to bring their Christmas tree to the city greenhouse from 3-5 p.m. will in turn receive a late Christmas gift from the city in the form of a pecan, bald cypress or tulip poplar tree. Sort of a tree for a tree to plant on your own and watch grow.
The city greenhouse is located next to the Gatlinburg Community Center at 156 Proffitt Road.
Each tree will be recycled and put to good use, mulched up, and put through a chipper. The mulch is then used to fertilize the ground around city plants.
This is now a program that has been ongoing for 10 years now and continues every year right after New Years. Anyone who does not want to participate in the exchange, but still wants to drop their Christmas tree off can still do so at the greenhouse any time until Tuesday, Jan. 8.
For those who live closer to Pigeon Forge and Sevierville, Christmas trees also can be dropped off for recycling at the Pigeon Forge Community Center parking lot through Friday, Jan. 4. Or, if you’d just assume to leave your tree at the curb, Sevier County Public Works officials report that they will be by to pick up trees left outside by city garbage customers this year. Those trees will also be mulched at the Sevier County Solid Waste facility.