*Originally published December 2011.
Those live Christmas trees lovingly decorated by area residents to serve as centerpieces for holiday celebrations are now drying up and on their way to being evicted from their warm homes. But through recycling, the trees can play a new role in nature as mulch.
In Fairlawn, former Christmas trees are starting to pile up at the The Andrew E. Sombati Compactor/Recycle Center. By this weekend, said compactor employee Dick Engum, there will be countless trees heaped up at the site.
Engum said trees cleaned of their decorations can be deposited in the brush bin at the compactor site on South Smith Road between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. daily, excluding New Year’s Day. The trees will be transformed into mulch.
Bath residents can take their Christmas trees to one of five Summit County MetroParks locations to be chipped into mulch for use in the parks.
Bath Township Administrator William Snow said tree-mulching service isn’t offered by the township because “the MetroParks do it, and we don’t want to duplicate something they are already doing.”
Live trees cleaned of decorations can be dropped off at the following MetroParks locations through Jan. 31:
- Firestone Metro Park, Little Turtle Pond entrance, 2400 Harrington Road in Akron.
- Furnace Run Metro Park, Brushwood entrance, 4955 Townsend Road in Richfield.
- Goodyear Heights Metro Park, main entrance, 2077 Newton St. in Akron.
- Sand Run Metro Park, main entrance, 975 Treaty Line Road in Akron.
- Silver Creek Metro Park, Big Oak Area, 5199 Medina Line Road in Norton.
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