The holidays have come and gone so quickly! New Year’s Eve is just around the corner, and before we know it, all of our holiday cheer will be packed away once again. If you have a real Christmas tree this year, consider recycling it so it can become mulch, wood chips or compost and help future Christmas trees grow! According to the National Christmas Tree Association, there are approximately 25-30 million real Christmas trees sold in the U.S. every year. Imagine if all of those trees are recycled! Close to 350 million Christmas trees currently grow on tree farms in the U.S. alone and for every Christmas tree harvested, 1 to 3 seedlings are planted the following spring. There are more than 4,000 local Christmas tree recycling programs throughout the United States, including the following throughout southwest Ohio and Northern Kentucky. Make sure your tree is free of any lights, ornaments, other decorations, nails and wire before dropping them off or setting them at the curb. If you do not live in Southwest Ohio or Northern Kentucky, check with your local solid waste district to find out how/where you can recycle your Christmas trees.
City of Hamilton – Call 785-7580 for more information.
City of Fairfield – from Dec. 26-Jan. 13, Waterworks Park on Groh Land will be accepting trees. Call 867-5348 for more information.
City of Oxford – Residents may leave trees at the curb from Dec. 17 - Jan. 11. For more information, call 523-8412.
City of Monroe – Residents may leave trees at the curb on Tuesdays & Thursdays during the month of January. Call 539-7374 for more information.
West Chester Township – Residents can drop off trees at Keehner Park near the tennis courts and at Beckett Park at the entrance off of Union Centre Blvd. Call 777-8765 for more information. Mulch Plus will accept live Christmas trees for fee from Dec. 26 - Jan. 25. Call 423-8723 for more information.
City of Cincinnati:
Because there isn't a separate yard waste collection program, there won't be a special Christmas tree collection this year. Trees left at the curb will be picked up and handled as regular garbage. However, they can still be recycled. Take it to one of the Hamilton County locations, or the following location:
West Fork Solid Waste Facility (Cincinnati Residents Only) – 3320 Mill Creek Road, Cincinnati, OH 45225.This location is accessible off of Spring Grove Avenue and off Beekman Street. Open year-round, Monday through Saturday 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. (except holidays).
Amelia – Curbside pick-up is available Tuesday, December 27, 2010 and January 3, 2011
Loveland – City residents can call Public Works Department for disposal drop off options, or call 683-0150, ext. 1439 for pick-up. Trees will be collected from December 19 through January 9.
Miami Township – Bring to either Paxton Ramsey Park or Miami Meadows for chipping. Trees can be dropped off seven days a week during daylight hours from December 26 through January 31. Call (513) 248-3728 with questions.
Milford – Christmas tree collection will be held every Wednesday in January, 2011. Place trees free of decorations and lights at the curb. If you have any questions, please call Michael Haight at (513) 831-7018.
Pierce Township – Residents may bring trees to the Pierce Township Hall any time after Christmas. The last day of drop off availability is TBD. The drop-off area will be in the parking lot closest to the ball fields and will be clearly marked.
Stonelick Township – Residents may drop trees off at the Clermont County Fairgrounds near the horse barns from December 26 – January 25. Signs will be posted. The drop off area will be roped off. Please call (513) 732-3299 with any questions.
Union Township – Residents can drop off trees behind the Service Department Complex, 4312 Glen Este-Withamsville Road. The drop-off days are January 1 through January 31. The Township will have someone at this location to assist residents Monday through Friday during this period, and the drop-off area will be clearly marked. If you have any questions, please contact the Service Department at (513) 753-2221.
Pattison Park, Clermont County Park District – County residents can drop off trees lakeside at Pattison Park, December 27 through January 15.
Saturday, January 7, and Saturday, January 14, from noon-3pm, the following sites will be open to receive holiday greenery:
East – Bzak Landscaping, 3295 Turpin Lane (off Rt. 32), Anderson Township
West – Kuliga Park, 6717 Bridgetown Road, Green Township
North – Rumpke Landfill, Struble Road and Colerain Avenue, Colerain Township
Residents can also visit the curbside collection website for more information about their specific neighborhoods.
Ohio Mulch Landscape Supply:
Any resident may drop off yard waste free of charge at any one of these five Greater Cincinnati locations during normal business hours: Mid-March thru Labor Day, Monday - Saturday 8 am - 7 pm and Sunday 10 am - 5 pm. Acceptable Material Include: Brush, Logs (Up to 12 inches in diameter and cut to 6 feet in length), prunings, branches, leaves, grass trimmings. Please no trash, sod, soil, rocks, treated lumber, railroad ties or construction debris. Note: The customer is responsible for unloading material; plastic bags are not acceptable. These Drop-Off Sites Are Sponsored by Ohio Mulch and Not Affiliated With Hamilton County. Call 513-677-2066 with questions.
• Symmes Township: 12054 Montgomery Road, Cincinnati, Ohio 45249, (513) 677-2066
• Tri-County: 72 West Crescentville Road, Cincinnati, Ohio 45246, (513) 671-8770
• Sharonville: 3739 Hauck Road, Cincinnati, Ohio 45241, (513) 733-5800
• Burlington, KY: 5519 Northbend Road (Rte 237), Burlington, Ky. 41005 (859) 586-1173
• Mt. Carmel: 4065 Mt. Carmel Tobasco Road, Cincinnati, Ohio 45255, (513) 528-4110
Boone County and the City of Florence:
Pick up service – Wednesday, January 4, 2012 between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Boone County Public Works and City of Florence Public Services will run their snow routes to pick up your Christmas tree curbside. Please have your tree set out no later than 7:00 a.m. The trees will be taken to a collection point and mulched. If their crews must run snow routes to treat roads that day, tree pickup will occur the day after the roads have been cleared.
Drop-off locations – Saturday, January 7, 2012
• Farmer’s Market on KY 18 and Camp Ernst - Drop trees off before 8:00 a.m.
• Stringtown Park (one block west of Boone County High School) - Drop trees off before 10:00 a.m.
• Ryle High School behind stadium (Union) - Drop trees off before NOON
• Walton Park near back ball field - Drop trees off before 2:00 p.m.
• Kroger parking lot at Tanner’s Station (on North Bend & Tanners) - Drop trees off before 4:00 p.m.
For more information, call Kelly Chapman with Boone County (334-3151) and Jeremy Kleier with the City of Florence (647-5416). If you would like mulch from the program please contact Kelly Chapman.
Campbell County, NKU & Cities:
The following cities will be hosting a site to collect Christmas Trees for their residences for recycling from December 26th - January 7th at the following locations:
Alexandria – 865 Gilbert Ridge Road, Alexandria Maintenance Garage (859) 635-4125
Bellevue – Colfax Avenue, Public Works Garage (859) 261-0260
Cold Springs – Public Works Storage Yard (off Weavers Lane, by Soccer Fields) (859) 441-9604
Dayton – 900 7th Street, City Garage (859) 491-1600
Ft. Thomas –Tower Park, behind the old Daycare (859) 441-1055
Highland Heights – City Building on John’s Hill Road (859) 441-8575
Newport – 1020 East 9th Street, Newport Public Works(859) 292-3686
Southgate – Place at curb for Southgate Public Works collection (859) 441-0075
Wilder – 114 Center Street, Place in front of salt storage. (859) 393-3318
Please look for signs indicating the drop-off sites. For more information, please contact your city of residence at the numbers above. All participating locations will have their trees chipped and reused by NKU for use on their campus.
The drop off hours at the Public Works Facility at 3516 Jack Scheben Drive are from 7:30am-4pm, Monday-Friday starting Tuesday, December 27th through Tuesday, January 12th. Please place your trees in the designated collection area at the Public Works Facility. We ask that the trees be free of lights, ornaments, and not bagged in any manner. Trees will be mulched on Wednesday 1/11/12. If you have any questions concerning the program or would like some of the tree mulch, please contact Rick Bogard Public Works Director at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at (859) 727-3893 or (859) 727-2525.