ZANESVILLE, Ohio – Christmas has come and gone and as the community prepares to ring in the new year tomorrow night, many are taking down their yuletide decorations—including the Christmas tree. One common mistake made when disposing of Christmas trees is simply placing them by the curb for trash pick-up. Locally, Muskingum County residents have the opportunity to safely recycle their trees free of charge. Ike VanDyne, City of Zanesville Cemetery and Parks Superintendent, says there are three drop sites for Christmas trees throughout the city.
“They can bring them to our drop sites here. We have three here in the City of Zanesville. One is at Maple Hill—off of Taylor Street, the park there—one is at the Street Department at 1084 Central Avenue; and one is here at the fairgrounds. If they bring them here instead of throwing them out with the trash, the Ohio Division of Wildlife will come and make three pick-ups. They’ll take them down to Burr Oak and put them in the lake down there.”
While placing Christmas trees out with the trash will ensure that they end up in a landfill, dropping them off at a designated site will help native wildlife by providing habitats for fish.
“Putting them back into the lakes and stuff for the fish—and habitat and stuff like that—is one of the good things about it. Really, in the landfill they’re just going to turn into compost.”
The last day for Christmas tree recycling will be January 24, 2020. For more information, contact the City of Zanesville Cemetery and Parks Department.