From Jan. 2 to Jan. 31, Knox County residents can bring their unwanted, live Christmas trees to participating Knox County Convenience Centers for free disposal at no cost.


Knox County operates the following convenience centers:

  • Carter (8815 Asheville Highway)
  • Dutchtown (10618 Dutchtown Road)
  • Halls (3608 Neal Drive)
  • John Sevier (1950 W. Gov. John Sevier Highway)
  • Karns (6930 Karns Crossing Lane)
  • Powell (7311 Morton View Lane)
  • Tazewell Pike (7201 Tazewell Pike)


Before drop off, trees must be cleaned of all decorations including, but not limited to ornaments, wire, string and Christmas lights before being delivered to a convenience center. Any non-working string lights for recycling with other electronics to the Dutchtown, Halls, John Sevier or Karns Convenience Centers. For more information visit


Normal hours of operation for all Knox County Convenience Centers are 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday. Centers are closed on Sundays. All centers will be closed on Wednesday, Jan. 1 in observance of New Year’s Day, but will be open and following normal business hours on Thursday, Jan. 2.


Please note that the centers may experience higher than normal wait times following the holiday season.


For more information, please call Recycling Outreach and Education Coordinator Linnea Boogades at 865-215-5816.