2010-12-25 / News

Recycle your Christmas tree

COLUMBUS – Before sending your live-cut Christmas tree to the trash, remember that it can find new life after the holidays. The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) reminds Ohioans that their trees can be recycled for a variety of uses including mulch, compost and wildlife habitat.

“Mulching, chipping or composting Christmas trees after the holidays is a wise alternative to just throwing them in landfills,” said David Hanselmann, chief of the ODNR Division of Recycling & Litter Prevention. “Many Ohio communities are making it easy for residents to recycle cut Christmas trees by offering convenient drop-off locations and curbside pick up.”

Trees can even be transformed into wildlife habitat, providing shelter for some creatures during the winter months. Using Christmas trees to create outdoor brush piles makes ideal homes for wildlife. Trees can also be weighted down and sunk in farm ponds to attract fish and increase habitat.

Before disposing your Christmas tree, remember to remove all trimmings including tinsel, garland, lights and ornaments.

Licking County lake area drop off sites are:

• Hebron: Canal Park parking lot;

• Jacksontown: In front of township garage; and

• Harrison Township: Township garage in Outville.

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