After Christmas

Fire Chief

Stan Sharp
ssharp@knoxvilletn.gov
(865) 595-4480

900 E. Hill Ave., Suite 430
Knoxville, TN 37915

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WHAT TO DO AFTER CHRISTMAS

Don't Let Your Holidays Go Up In Smoke! Dispose of your tree immediately after the holiday!

Thirty seconds is all it takes for a dry Christmas tree to be consumed by fire. Each year, Christmas trees cause over 100 fires nationally, resulting in death, injuries and millions of dollars in property damage. Many people will leave their trees up through the New Year — but fire doesn't take a holiday. The Knoxville Fire Department urges everyone to remove the trees to avoid a tragedy.

The first rule of tree disposal: Never put the tree or branches in a fireplace or wood burning stove! The fire could extend beyond the fireplace or stove and leave your home in ashes.

Recycle Your Tree

The City of Knoxville will collect trees from December 26th through January 12th. When the holidays roll around, more info about locations will be posted on the city's web site.
  • Remove all decorations.
  • Remove the tree stand, metal stakes and nails.
  • Leave UNBAGGED trees only at the specified parking lot site within the park. There should be signs indicating where to place your tree.
  • Deliver single trees only. 

Use Your Tree As Garden Mulch

Using your tree as mulch could help your garden grow! You can either grind the entire tree into small pieces (tree chippers are available for rent at equipment rental stores), or cut off the main branches of the tree and reserve the trunk for use as firewood. Tree branches make a nice, light mulch that won't compact when wetted - the way denser organic mulches do.