How to Recycle or Dispose of Christmas TreesWhere and How to Recycle or Dispose of Christmas Trees in Ohio in January 2017

How to Recycle or Dispose of Christmas Trees

In many urban and suburban areas, Christmas trees are collected from curbside during the first 2 weeks in January. Be sure to remove all  remove all lights, wire, tinsel, ornaments, nails, stands,  other NON-Organic decorative materials and other materials that are not part of the original tree. This includes tree stands also.  Flocked trees are usually accepted, but not artificial trees. Large trees (larger than the standard 6 - 7 ft tree) may need to be cut in half to be acceptable by your garbage hauler. But scrroll down this page for more specific information and local links.

What happens to the trees? In most cases, the trees are chipped and made into a mulch which is usually made available, free to city or county residents. Important: Never burn your Christmas tree in a fireplace or wood stove. Burning the tree may contribute to creosote buildup and could cause a chimney fire.

Tips: Always follow the links (usually the name of the city or county) below for updated information, as these agencies often wait until the last minute to change dates or update their information (it's government, remember?). If your area is Grinding Christmas trees into mulchnot specifically mentioned below, contact your trash collection agency and inquire!

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Ohio: Where and How to Recycle Your Christmas Tree After the Holidays

  • Akron, OH - Leave your tree at the curb on regular trash days.
  • Butler County - See their website for current information. For City of Hamilton, Christmas Tree Collection, place discarded trees with your trash for removal by Rumpke with the regular trash pick-up.
  • Central Ohio Solid Waste Authority of Central Ohio (SWACO)
    Christmas Tree Recycling Information: The Christmas trees you set out for pickup go to the Authority's sponsored compost facilities. They ask that you remove lights, tinsel, decorations, and the plastic or metal icicles and the large plastic tree bags. Plastic contaminates the compost process and ruins the finished product.
  • Cleveland, Ohio - Put Christmas Trees curb-side for pick-up on regular collection days.
    All decorations and lights should be removed.
  • Cleveland Heights, Ohio - The Christmas tree recycling program offers residents an easy and environmentally sensitive way to dispose of their live trees. To prepare the tree for collection and for the safety of our employees, all decorations, tinsel, wire, nails, stands and bags must be removed from the tree. Trees in plastic bags or flocked trees cannot be recycled.
  • Columbus, OH - Christmas tree disposal is free and part of the city's yard-waste collection on scheduled yard-waste collection days thorugh January. Trees should be placed curbside by 6 am. All decorations and lights should be removed. Trees larger than 8 feet should be cut in half. Do not put the tree in a plastic bag. For more information about yard-waste collection days, call 614-645-3111. Residents can check the yard-waste removal schedule by entering their address here. Residents are assigned to either Zone A or Zone B for each day of the week. During the week of an observed holiday, if your collection day falls on or after the holiday, your collection will be delayed one day. (Friday collections will be picked up on Saturday.) Your collection day will then return to its normally scheduled day the following week.
  • Cuyahoga County - Two local farms will take the trees. Many cities collect the trees from curbside.In all cases remove all ornaments, tnsel, lights, etc. You can also Recycle Old Holiday Lights, Until January 15, the Solid Waste District collects broken, burned out or tangled strings of holiday lights for recycling. Drop unwanted light strings, power cords and power strips in a marked box in our lobby at 4750 East 131 Street in Garfield Heights. Hours are Monday-Friday from 8:30am-4:30pm. Some city service departments also collect lights from residents as a part of this program. Check with your community. Sorry, we cannot accept pre-lit trees or garland. Lights must be removed from the item for proper recycling.
    Christmas tree collection details:
    Brooklyn
    (216) 635-4232. Curbside collection by city for composting.
    Brooklyn Heights (216) 351-0131. Curbside collection by KIMBLE on regular trash day.
    Cleveland (216) 664-3717. Curbside collection of live trees by city for mulching December 26-January 30. Trees must be free of ornaments and garland. Mulch will be available to residents in spring.
    Cleveland Heights (216) 691-7319. Curbside collection by city for composting through January 30, weather permitting. All holiday decorations (tinsel, garland, wires, nails, stands) must be removed in order for the tree to be collected. No artificial trees, flocked trees, or trees in plastic bags will be collected.
    Cuyahoga Heights (216) 641-3505 Contact city service department for details.
    Euclid (216) 289-8345. Curbside collection of Christmas trees. Chips for mulching.
    Fairview Park (440) 356-4410. Curbside collection by Republic on January 5 and January 12.
    Gates Mills (440) 423-4405. Residents drop at city yard. Chips all trees for mulch.
    Highland Heights (440) 461-2440. Curbside collection by city for composting. If the city is in the middle of
    a snow storm and unable to respond, the rubbish contractor (Kimble) will pick up the trees. If the trees are picked up by Kimble, they will not be recycled.
    Highland Hills (216) 662-5012. Curbside collection of Christmas trees for composting.
    Hunting Valley (440) 247-6106. No collection. Put the tree in wooded area for decomposition.
    Independence (216) 524-9191. Curbside collection by city on regular trash day. Chips all trees for city compost pile.
    Lakewood (216) 252-4322. Curbside collection by city beginning December 26. Chips all trees for mulch.
    Mayfield Village (440) 442-5506. Residents should drop their trees off at the Service Department for recycling.
    North Olmsted (440) 716-4151. Republic will pick up Christmas trees the first two weeks of January on your regular scheduled pick day.
    Olmsted Falls (440) 235-1345. Republic Waste will collect trees the first 2 weeks of January.
    Olmsted Township (440) 235-1011. Republic Waste to collect as yard waste in the month of January. Township will chip them as part of brush program beginning in April.
    Parma (216) 661-7375. Pick up will be January 4-17. After those dates Parma residents can put their trees out for Bulk Pick-Up week.
    Parma Heights (440) 884-9607. Republic Waste will provide curbside collection of trees on January 7 & January 14 only for composting. Trees should NOT be placed in bags and ornaments should be removed. No artificial trees accepted.
    Shaker Heights (216) 491-3282. Curbside collection by city for composting. Remove all lights and stands.
    South Euclid (216) 381-0402. Curbside collection by city from January 1-31. Chips trees for mulch.
    University Heights (216) 932-7800. Collected curbside on rubbish day, comingled with collected brush and
    composted by others. Remove all lights, ornaments, and plastic bags.
    Warrensville Heights (216) 587-6570 Contact city service department for details.
  • Dublin, Ohio - The City of Dublin makes it easy for you to get rid of those real trees with our curbside pickup and residential yard waste composting program. Collection will take place each Monday in January. Please remove all decorations and Put the trees at the curb, free of any wrapping or bags, by 7 a.m. on Mondays. If a tree is larger than 8 feet in length, cut it in half before placing it at the curb. Christmas trees can also be composted at home or used in the back yard in a variety of ways. The branches can be cut and used to cover perennial gardens, acting as extra protection from the cold weather. Trees can also provide wild birds and animals temporary perches or resting sites with extra protection from cold weather. For details of the Christmas tree recycling program, call 614.410.4750.
  • Greene County - There is a year-round drop-off facility for residents' yard waste at 2145 Greene Way Blvd., Xenia, OH. Last reported hours were open Monday through Thursday and Saturday, and accept whole trees. The trees will be ground into mulch, available for no charge for residents.
  • Hamilton County - For a complete listing of the Christmas tree recycling activities for towns and cities in Hamilton County, click the link at left. For Springfield Township, see this page.
  • Hancock County - Christmas Tree Recycling - Drop off live Christmas Trees between December 26, 2015 and January 16, 2016 at either of the locations below. Please remove all decorations, ornaments and tinsel before dropping off your tree.
    1. Kaleidoscope Farms 14841 County Road 54 Mt. Cory, OH.  419-859-3378
    2. Hancock County Landfill - Parking Lot South of Maintenance Shop 3861 CR 140 Findlay, OH.
    For more information, call the Solid Waste Management District at 419-424-1113 or via e-mail at mjschroeder@co.hancock.oh.us.
  • Mahoning County - Trees will be collected at the following sites and reused as natural fish habitat at area lakes. Please remove all decorations! Hours of operation are December 26 through January 31, 9 am to 5:00 PM Monday through Friday at these locations. WRAPPING PAPER & GREETING CARDS CAN BE RECYCLED AT ANY AREA DROP-OFF SITE OR WITH YOUR CURBSIDE RECYCLING.
    - Austintown Twp. - Austintown Township Park, 6000 Kirk Rd.
    - Berlin Twp. - Township Bldg., 15823 W. Akron-Canfield Rd.
    - Campbell City. - Roosevelt Park, Struthers-Liberty Rd.
    - Canfield Township - Fire Station, 5007 Messerly Rd.
    - Craig Beach / Milton Twp. - Next to fire station, 1979 Grandview Rd.
    - Ellsworth Twp. - Fire Station, 6036 S. Salem-Warren Rd.
    - Goshen Twp. - Maintenance Garage, 12649 Seacrist Rd.
    - Green Twp. - Cemetery at SR 165 & Beaver Creek Rd.
    - Jackson Twp.- Township Bldg., 10613 Mahoning Ave.
    - Lowellville Village - Street Dept., 3 W. McGaffney
    - New Middletown / Springfield - Recycling Center, 10720 Struthers Rd.
    - Poland Twp. - Road Department, 7508 Clingan Rd.
    - Smith Twp. - Township Bldg., 846 N. Johnson Rd.
    - Struthers City - Trees will be picked up at the curb.
    - Youngstown - CCA (Old South Branch Library), 1771 Market St.
  • Medina County - Many cities and towns have curbside pickup, but any county resident can take trees to the Medina County Central Processing Facility, 8700 Lake Road, Westfield Township, from 6 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays or 7 a.m. to noon Saturdays.
  • Monroe County - Christmas Tree Chipping Program for County residents from December 26th through January 17th. All tinsel and decorations must be removed from tree prior to chipping. Please call the numbers listed below, or Jason at (734) 240-7924, for times or additional information. Drop off trees at the following locations:
    Bedford Township christmastreetrans, Carr Park, 9240 Lewis Ave.,Temperance 734-847-6791.
    Berlin Township Hall, 8000 Swan View Drive, Newport 734-586-2187.
    Ida Township Hall, 3016 Lewis Avenue, Ida 734-269-3045.
    Monroe Charter Township Hall, 4925 West Dunbar Road, Monroe 734-241-5501.
    City of Petersburg/Summerfield Township, 87 Railroad Street, Petersburg (behind the DPW Yard) 734-279-1210.
  • Montgomery County - Residents to bring their trees to its Moraine (1001 Encrete Lane) or Vandalia (6589 Old Webster St.) transfer stations on Mondays through Saturdays, where the trees will be collected by a contractor for mulching.
  • Oxford, OH - The City of Oxford offers Christmas tree recycling annually from mid-December through mid-January. View our Events Calendar for exact dates. Remove all decorations from the tree prior to setting the tree at the curbside. This holiday pick up service does not include wreaths or garland. Oxford residents may place live Christmas trees at the curbside for disposal on regularly scheduled refuse collection days. Yard waste tags are not required for this service. The City of Oxford Streets and Maintenance Division picks up and recycles trees. Direct any questions to the City of Oxford Streets and Maintenance Division at (513) 523-8412..
  • Parma, Ohio -  Christmas trees should be placed on the tree lawn on your regular trash day during the first two weeks of January.
    Trees cannot be in a bag and tinsel needs to be removed. If a tree is placed inside a bag, it will not be collected.
  • Portage County
    Aurora: Leave undecorated trees at curb on regular trash days.
    Garrettsville: Leave undecorated trees on the tree lawn during January.
    Hiram: Leave undecorated trees by the roadside during January.
    Kent: Leave undecorated trees at curb late January (call them for this year's dates). Kent residents can drop off trees at the yard-waste transfer site on Plum Street any time.
    Mantua: Leave undecorated trees at curb in January. Trees over 4 feet should be cut in half.
    Ravenna: Leave undecorated trees at curb through January.
    Streetsboro: Leave undecorated trees at curb for pickup during the first 10 days of January.
  • Stark County - Residents should contact their waste haulers for instructions. For more information, call the Stark-Tuscarawas-Wayne Joint Solid Waste Management District at 800-678-9839.
  • Summit County - Metro Parks will recycle Christmas trees through January 31. Trees, cleaned of all decorations and tinsel, may be dropped off at five locations below, For more information, call 330-865-8065. For curbside pickups in manytowns, see this page.
    - Little Turtle Pond at Firestone Metro Park, 2400 Harrington Road, Akron.
    - Brushwood Area at Furnace Run Metro Park, 4955 Townsend Road, Richfield Township.
    - Main entrance, Goodyear Heights Metro Park, 2077 Newton St., Akron.
    - Treaty Line Area of Sand Run Metro Park, 995 Treaty Line Road, between Merriman Road and North Portage Path, Akron.
    -R- Big Oak Area of Silver Creek Metro Park, 5199 Medina Line Road, Norton.
  • Toledo Area -  Drop off locations are open on weekdays through January 16. Signs will be posted at each of the following Toledo city sites identifying the park as a drop-off location:
    ● Jermain Park.#9679; Schneider Park.
    ● Ravine 2 Park.
    ● Detwiler Park.
    ● Bowman Park (Laskey Road access).
    ● Greenwood Park (Darrel Road access).
    For tFor towns in the surrounding Toledo area, see below, and call to confirm this year's information:
    Port Clinton - (419) 734-5522; Trees will be collected at the curb December 26 through January 13
    Elmore - (419) 862-3454;; Trees will be collected at the curb starting December 26.
    Genoa - (419) 855-7791; Trees will be collected at the curb after December 26
    Marblehead - (419) 798-9229; Trees will be picked up at the curb through the month of January
    Oak Harbor - (419) 898-1823; Put the trees at the curb for pick-up through the month of January
    Catawba Island Township - (419) 797-4131; Trees will be collected roadside January 1 through the end of February
    Danbury Township - (419) 734-4091; Trees may be dropped off at the designated area behind the township hall located at 5972 East Port Clinton Road through the end of January
    Erie Township - (419) 635-2010; Trees may be dropped off at the old LaCarne School during the month of January, during daylight hours
    Portage Township - (419) 732-3543; Trees will be collected roadside until January 14
    Salem Township - (419) 898-4494; Trees will be accepted at the Salem Township Union Cemetery through the month of January
    Perrysburg - (419) 872-8020; Curbside tree pick-up will take place from January 2 through January 10; there is no alley collection. The city will take nearly every holiday decoration, which can be dropped off at the city compost site.
  • Wayne County -  If you have a private hauler, call the Stark-Tuscarawas-Wayne Joint Solid Waste Management District at 800-678-9839.
    Creston: Leave undecorated trees at curb on regular trash days.
    Dalton: Leave undecorated trees at curb through early January.
    Doylestown: Leave unbagged trees at curb for pickup by 7 a.m. January 6.
    Orrville: Leave undecorated trees on tree lawn for pickup Monday through January 17.
    Rittman: Leave undecorated trees at curb on regular trash days.ooster: Leave undecorated trees at curb on regular trash days.

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