Done with your Christmas tree? Here’s where to recycle it

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CLEVELAND, Ohio — Now that Christmas is over, what to do with your old tree?

There are several places in Northeast Ohio that are accepting trees for recycling.

Lake Metroparks has 15 drop-off locations available in Lake County this year. The public is asked to remove all decorations before placing the trees in designated bins. Trees are chipped, and the chips are then composted or used as mulch within Lake Metroparks.

Tree bins are available at these parks and will be removed Jan. 15: Chagrin River Park (Reeves Road entrance); Chapin Forest Reservation (east entrance/Rt. 306); Concord Woods Nature Park; Erie Shores Golf Course; Girdled Road Reservation (south entrance/Radcliffe Rd.); Grand River Landing; Gully Brook Park; Helen Hazen Wyman Park; Hidden Valley Park; Lake Erie Bluffs (Lane Road entrance); Lakeshore Reservation; Parsons Gardens Penitentiary; Glen Reservation; Pete’s Pond; and Preserve Veterans Park.

In the city of Cleveland, residents can also dispose of live Christmas trees and wreaths by placing them on tree lawns on regularly scheduled trash collection days.

The Cleveland Department of Public Works will collect discarded trees and wreaths through Jan. 20. Artificial wreaths and trees must be broken down to fit in garbage cans for collection on regular trash pick-up days.

The city will pick up live trees and wreaths only if free of all lights and decorations. A separate trash collection truck will pick up the live trees for recycling. In the spring, mulch from the recycled trees will be available to Cleveland residents who show proof of residency.

For more on the Lake Metroparks tree recycling program, click here.

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