New Life for Christmas Trees

Recycling program turns trees to charity

The life of real Christmas trees does not have to end on December 26th thanks to Rockwood Sustainable Solutions (RSS) in Lebanon/Wilson County. For the past four years, they have been supporting community non-profits while reducing waste all thanks to a partnership dreamed up with Mayor Randall Hutto and RSS president Lincoln Young.

“It all started several years ago when Wilson County Mayor Randall Hutto asked if we would help.  He had heard of other counties in the area offering a Christmas tree drop off and he wanted to be able to provide the residents with an option to recycle their trees. With Rockwood in the recycling business specializing in wood recycling, this was a pretty easy task for us, but we decided to create a program around it and use it as a challenge for the community,” says Young. 

“The more trees brought in, the more money we would donate to a local charity,” he explained,  “The first year we donated to a local non-profit that aided adults with autism in finding work and job and life skills in the community. The second and 3rd year we donated to Wilson County Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA).  Although we do not intend to stop donating to the FCA, we have decided to additionally donate to the crisis pregnancy center of Wilson County this year.”

The trees collected are then turned into mulch then used throughout the community in flower beds, around trees and to enrich the soil across Wilson County, completing the most unique, local, circle of life.

Here’s how it works.

Rockwood will have a donation container set at the road at 510 Hartmann Dr., in Lebanon from December 25th- January 8th. Drop your real, un-flocked tree off, ensuring all lights and ornaments have been removed. That’s all you have to do. 

Rockwood Sustainable Solutions is dedicated to construction and manufacturing waste reduction and recycling, preserving valuable resources through a sustainable approach to material management, safeguarding the environment with their conservation resources, and reducing the costs associated with properly disposing of materials.

They achieve this through loyalty to their customers, dedication to the well-being of their employees, and commitment to our environment because they care about our community here in Wilson County and beyond.

By promoting sustainability Rockwood is creating a cleaner world that future generations will be able to enjoy and benefit from and that’s something we can all get behind!

(615) 293-2997



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