Options exist for getting rid of live tree

While there’s no help vacuuming up those pine needles, there are several options for area residents to dispose of their live Christmas trees this year.

Marietta has a tree drop-off location at Buckeye Park, and city residents can also take their trees to Greenleaf Landscape for free recycling.

“We get a fair amount of trees,” said Nick Mehl, Greenleaf garden center manager.

“We recycle it and turn it into mulch. I recommend doing that if people can because then it’s not going to a landfill.”

Those dropping off their trees should stop first for a ticket at the retail store on Ohio 60 before taking it to the compost facility on Ohio 821.

Residents outside the city can also take their trees to Greenleaf, although there is a fee, said Mehl.

For those who may have trouble transporting the Christmas tree, Rumpke will pick up live trees until the end of February, said Jonathan Kissell, communications director with Rumpke.

“We will take trees with the regular trash at no charge,” he said.

“We do ask that they call us 24 hours in advance so we know it will be there.”

Rumpke drivers appreciate it if the tree can be cut in half so that no piece is longer than four feet, said Kissell.

“It’s also very helpful if you remove all the decorations and the tinsel and if possible wrap the branches so it’s easier to handle,” he said.

Tree disposal

¯ Drop off at Buckeye Park.

¯ Take to Greenleaf Landscape for recycling (free for Marietta residents).

¯ Rumpke customers can leave trees out on trash collection day (free through the end of February).

¯ Customers should call 1-800-828-8171.