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How to dispose of your live Christmas tree

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Christmas is finally over. The visiting, baking, present buying and gifting, decorating are all done. Time to take down the decorations and move on to a new year. What are you going to do with the live fir tree that adorned your living room for the past month?

Sure, your trash hauler will certainly take it to the landfill for disposal but there are more earth friendly options to consider. If you have access to a wooded area, leave it on its side for deer to munch and it may make a future home for rabbits, bugs and other woodland dwellers. Some like to drown their tree in a lake to make fish food and aquatic hiding spots. Christmas trees can also easily be chipped into mulch.

In the Cleveland area, there are three places to drop off your tree for disposal where they will be either chipped for mulch or composted. All locations require that trees be free of decorations, lights and tinsel.

  • Rosby Resource Recycling on 4963 Schaaf Lane, Brooklyn Heights
  • Treemaster on 4311 West 130th Street, Cleveland
  • Kurtz Bros., Inc. on 5603 Canal Road, Valley View ($5.00 fee charged per tree)

Some communities also provide curbside tree pick up for composting/ chipping including Bedford, Berea, Brecksville, Brook Park, Chagrin Falls (limited dates), Cleveland, Euclid, Highland Heights, Independence, Lakewood, Middleburg Heights, Moreland Hills, Olmsted Township, Orange Village (limited dates), Parma (limited dates), Pepper Pike, South Euclid and Westlake.

Now pat yourself on the back for starting the year off right by going green!

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