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Recycling Christmas Trees and Wreaths

Posted by Teresa Mazey on

The busy holidays are finished and now it's time to take back the living room, family room, or den.  We will miss that amazing fresh pine smell but not the pesky needles that fall on the ground.

This is not a debate on whether live trees are better than artificial trees.  This is an informational post for the responsible disposal and respect for the tree that has given you joy this holiday.

Most communities have curbside pick up but beware this will most likely be to dispose of the tree in the garbage.  Will it decompose?  Why does it matter?  It will eventually decompose but not quickly.  When trash is pilled on top of each other it takes longer for it to decompose and every landfill is different.  If there is a way to keep the landfills smaller it is always a better option.

You can also recycle/repurpose live wreaths.  Make sure on that you do not have any ornaments, lights, tinsel or wire on the real tree or wreath. Also make sure that the tree will be mulched or reused in a natural way.  If you do not have this available in your area you can set it out in the yard for the wildlife to use for winter shelter,  give to a friend that does natural crafts, use the pine needles make a great mulch for your garden or to make a pine needle potpourri, or chop it into firewood.

Here are some helpful links for areas in Ohio:

Summit County

Stark, Wayne, Tuscarawas

Cuyahoga County

Medina County

Lake County

Portage County

Columbus - Franklin


Please share this information with your family and friends.  We need to support the communities that support our zero-waste and low-waste lifestyles.


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