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Live-cut Christmas trees can be recycled, composted

December 25, 2011

Submitted by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources

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, Division of Recycling & Litter Prevention 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 Ted Lozier, 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 or curbside pick-up.”

Many local park districts and communities shred Christmas trees for mulch and compost. Trees can even be transformed into wildlife habitat, providing shelter for some creatures during the winter months.

Individuals living in communities without recycling programs might consider chipping and composting their holiday trees. Adding compost to home gardens improves soil quality, stores moisture and reduces weeds. Trees can also be weighted down and sunk in farm ponds to attract fish and increase wildlife habitat.

Before disposing of a live-cut Christmas tree, remember to remove all trimmings including tinsel, garland, lights and ornaments as these can be harmful to the environment and wildlife. Be sure to have proper permission before discarding your tree on public land, private land or in ponds. Discarding trees without permission could result in a litter violation.

Contact the Gallia/Jackson/Meigs/Vinton Solid Waste District at (740) 384-2164 or by email at for information on where to recycle live-cut Christmas trees.

The ODNR ensures a balance between wise use and protection of our natural resources for the benefit of all. Visit the ODNR website at

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