I know there are lots of opinions out there about when to take down the Christmas tree. Some take it down right away, others wait till Epiphany on January 6th, and some Christmas lovers leave it up indefinitely. Although I love my Christmas tree dearly all the way till the 25th, I am ready to take it down a couple days later. I like to go into the new year with a fresh and clean home, which means I take the tree down before the 1st. Plus, I have a live tree, so it’s pretty much dead by now.
Whenever you decide to take down your decorations, it’s likely your county has a tree disposal plan. Here are our local options:
Franklin County Christmas Tree Disposal:
It couldn’t be easier to dispose of your tree in Franklin County. Simply remove all the lights and decorations, and put it on the curb by 6am on your yard waste pick up day. The county will pick up trees for about a month after Christmas, so die-hard holiday enthusiasts may need to let go of their Christmas tree a bit earlier than they’d like to have it picked up. Make sure you check your trash collection schedule, because everything gets shifted around due to New Year’s Day.
If you’d like your tree to be composted, you can take it to one of the following locations to have it broken down for free.
Com-Til, the city’s compost center at 7000 Jackson Pike on the South Side. Free to Franklin County residents.
Kurtz Bros. at three locations: 2850 Rohr Rd. in Groveport; 6055 Westerville Rd. on the Northeast Side; and 6279 Houchard Rd., west of Dublin. Free to Franklin County residents.
Ohio Mulch at five locations: 4120 Roberts Rd. on the West Side; 4665 Westerville Rd. on the North Side; 1600 Universal Rd. on the South Side; 2541 Harrisburg Pike on the West Side; and 537 Reynoldsburg-New Albany Rd. north of Reynoldsburg. Free to Columbus residents only.
Licking County Christmas Tree Disposal:
Licking county is a bit more complicated, Rumpke doesn’t seem to offer curbside pickup for Christmas tree disposal. If you’re in a rural area, you can actually place your tree on its side along a fencerow to provide a habitat for birds and other animals as it decomposes naturally. This can actually be a lovely tradition, and your kids can string popcorn and make little pinecone bird feeders to help some little creatures get through the winter. It also helps children let go of the beloved Christmas tree.
If that’s not an option for you, you can bring your tree to these composting sites to be made into soil or mulch.
Elm Recycling – 1242 Mt. Vernon Rd., Newark 740-366-3340
Hope Timber – 2135 W. Main St., Newark 740-522-6558
Hope Timber & Pallet – Newark, 740-344-1788
Kurtz Brothers – Rt. 37, Alexandria, 740-739-4637
The Compost Farm – Alexandria, 740-924-4202