How to recycle your Christmas tree

Come Friday, the parking lot at the foot of Greenup Street is one of three locations where Covington residents can drop off their natural Christmas trees.

COVINGTON, Ky. - Some people treat Christmas as a month-long holiday that extends long after Dec. 25. But other people are already feeling antsy: It’s two days after Christmas, they say, and that tree JUST HAS TO GO. 

If you decorated your house with a natural tree and you’re already thinking about stripping it of ornaments and getting rid of it, we can help you with the latter.
Covington residents have two ways to recycle their tree - have it picked up from your curb on garbage collection day starting Jan. 4, or drop it off at one of three locations starting Friday.
“We’re making it as easy as possible, because we don’t want trees to end up in landfills,” said Sheila Fields, the City’s Solid Waste & Recycling Coordinator. “Instead, we want to turn them into usable mulch.”
Fields’ Division is partnering with the Department of Public Works’ Urban Forestry Division, Rumpke Waste & Recycling, and Keep Covington Beautiful for the Christmas Tree Recycling Program. It presents two options:
One, curbside pickup will take place Jan. 4-18. Residents must contact Rumpke at (800) 828-8171 or 48 hours in advance to request their tree be picked up. The pickup will happen on regular garbage and recycling collection days.
Or two, residents can also drop off trees from Friday through Jan. 18 at three different locations: 
  • In South Covington at the parking lot off of Tripoli and Hands Pike, adjacent to Neighborhood Park. 
  • At the Devou Park Urban Forestry Garage at 1700 Montague Road in Devou Park. 
  • In the parking lot at the foot of Greenup Street underneath the Roebling Suspension Bridge. 
Residents can call (859) 292-4417 for more information about the tree drop-offs or see HERE for information about the Christmas Tree Recycling Program.
Residents should prepare their trees by removing all lights, ornaments, tinsel, and other decorations. Trees should notbe placed in plastic bags.
The recycled trees will be converted into mulch which will be used by the Urban Forestry Division and offered to residents and neighborhood groups for community gardens and neighborhood beautification efforts. To schedule a mulch pickup, call Public Works at (859) 292-2292.
“Every year, roughly 40 million tons of compostable yard waste end up in landfills in the United States,” Fields said. “Recycling Christmas trees reduces this number and allows us to give a gift to our community.”
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