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Free tree recycling available in county

Dec. 20, 2012 @ 12:00 AM

IRONTON -- The Christmas tree that has been serving as a beautiful display for your treasured ornaments can continue to serve a purpose even after the decorations come down and the needles begin to dry.

The Lawrence-Scioto Solid Waste Management District is partnering with the U.S. Forest Service to collect live Christmas trees to be deposited into Lake Vesuvius, where they will serve as habitat for a variety of fish.

The used Christmas trees must be stripped of all ornaments and decorations, then placed at one of these six designated drop-off areas:

Lawrence County Fairgrounds, Proctorville -- place at the main entrance off Ohio 243, across from Romeo's Pizza.

South Point Village Hall, 408 2nd St. -- place in the parking lot beside the police department.

Coal Grove Village Hall, Carlton-Davidson Lane -- place in the vacant lot behind the hall.

Village of Hanging Rock -- place in the lot next to the police department.

City of Ironton, junction of U.S. 52 and Ohio 141 -- place at the vacant ODOT property

U.S. Forestry, 6518 Ohio 93, Pedro.

Each area will be marked with a sign reading "Christmas Tree Drop Site," with areas roped off for people to place their trees. This collection is for live trees only. No artificial trees are permitted.

The District will collect trees from Dec. 26 through Jan. 11.

For more information, contact Dan Palmer, coordinator of the Lawrence-Scioto Solid Waste Management District, or Stephanie Helms, community outreach/education specialist, at 740-532-1231 or 888-565-7888.