Recycle Your Tree This Season

Recycle Your Tree This Season

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Now that the holiday season is almost over, it’s time to take down the decorations. If you were celebrating Christmas, you might have had a live tree, which is a great tradition for many families across Northeast Ohio. However, where does it go after the fun is over? Instead of throwing it away in the trash, find a place to recycle your tree at these locations around the region.

Cleveland Tree Pick-Up

Through January 29, 2016, the City of Cleveland Division of Waste Collection will pick-up discarded live Christmas trees. Residents should place trees on the curb during normal waste collection days. Trees should be free of all decorations and lights. A separate waste collection truck will pick up the discarded trees and process them for recycling.

In the spring, Cleveland residents, showing proof of residency, may receive one cubic yard of mulch from the recycled Christmas trees at no cost, while supplies last.

For further information regarding waste collection, please call the City of Cleveland’s Division of Waste Collection at 216-664-3711.

Recycling Through Lake Metroparks

Lake Metroparks in Lake County provides Christmas tree recycling. Trees are chipped and the chips then composted or used as mulch within park system.

Tree bins are available at the Lake Metroparks locations listed below through January 15. Please remove all decorations before placing trees in designated bins.

See more here

Turn Your Tree into Mulch in Summit

Summit County Metro Parks also helps residents dispose of Christmas tree through January 31.

According to their website, “On average, more than 2,000 trees are collected each year. The resulting mulch is spread out near trailheads or used to create landscaping compost. Officials estimate the park district has chipped more than 80,000 Christmas trees into mulch since the early 1970s.”

Look for drop-off signs in these following areas.

Firestone Metro Park / Little Turtle Pond
2400 Harrington Rd., Akron

Furnace Run Metro Park / Brushwood Area
4955 Townsend Rd., Richfield

Goodyear Heights Metro Park / Main Entrance
2077 Newton St., Akron

Nimisila Reservoir Metro Park
5531 S. Main St., Green

Sand Run Metro Park / Treaty Line
995 Treaty Line Rd., Akron

Silver Creek Metro Park / Big Oak
5199 Medina Line Rd., Norton

For more info, visit here

Lorain County Recycling

Residents in Lorain County can drop-off their Christmas trees to the Lorain County Collection Center at 540 S. Abbe Rd. Elyria throughout the month of January.

Keith Bailey, director at the Lorain County Solid Waste Management District says to remove all decorations and tinsel on the tree before taking it to the collection center.
The trees will be recycled into compost.
Was your county or city missed? Please send us your recycling information and we will post it here throughout the month of January. 

About the author

Angela Gartner is the editor at Northeast Ohio Parent Magazine. She previously served as editor for family and general interest magazines in the region. As a journalist, her articles and columns have appeared in newspapers and other publications including The News-Herald, Sun Newspapers as well as the Chicago Tribune. She grew up in Northeast Ohio and is a mom of two boys. The whole family is busy each weekend with sports and finding new happenings around the region. She loves reading books, being a board member at the Cleveland Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists, and taking the family dog, a Scottish Terrier named Jagger, on his walks.

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