While the Christmas tree has become one of the season’s most enduring and treasured traditions, disposing of a live tree can be one of the season’s greatest pains.
However, while some garbage disposal companies will accept trees, Paul Braasch of the Adams Clermont Solid Waste District suggests taking a different route with your tree than a landfill. Most people are familiar with recycling aluminum or plastic, but trees can gain a second life through the process as well.
“Typically, a lot of places will give you back the ground up tree if you want it for mulch,” said Braasch. “A lot of times they use it in the parks as mulch or for walking paths. It can also be easily used for compost.”
Locations are popping up around the county this week for Christmas tree recycling, a process that keeps this season’s holiday tradition from becoming tomorrow’s landfill problem. The process, which has become fairly popular, lets you turn in your old tree for a new pile of mulch, or in other instances, a donation to someone else’s landscaping. All you need to do, said Braasch, is get the tree clean of any ornamentation and get it to a recycling station.
Different municipalities handle the recycling differently. Here is a list of local villages and their recycling procedure:
Amelia will pick up trees from the curb on Jan. 5 and 10 for disposal.
Batavia residents can place their trees on the curb any time during the first week of January for removal and chipping.
Loveland residents can drop their trees at the public works department or call 683-0150, ext. 1439 for pick-up through Jan. 10.
Miami Township residents can drop trees at Paxton Ramsey Park or Miami Meadows Park for chipping. Trees can be left during daylight hours until Jan. 31.
Milford residents can leave their trees on the curb any Wednesday in January.
Owensville residents can leave their trees in Pattison Park through Jan. 14 near the picnic shelter on the south side of US 50.
Pierce Township residents can leave their trees at the township hall through Jan. 31 in the parking lot near the ball fields.
Stonelick Township residents can drop their trees at the Clermont County Fairgrounds near the horse barns through Jan. 6.
Union Township residents can recycle trees at the service department at 4312 Glen Este-Withamsville Road through Jan. 14.
If you don't need to recycle the trees, Braasch said that they can also be used to slow the erosion of some ditchlines.
"Actually, trees can be used for erosion control very effectively," said Braasch. "If you have a ditch on your property for instance that's eroding, the trees can be put in them sort of backwards. Then, the trees will collect the material that comes down and then slows the water, catches the debris and slows erosion. Also, you can cut them up for firewood. It's better than throwing them in the landfill."