Recycle to avoid dry Christmas tree fire hazard

Fire officials are warning residents to properly dispose of Christmas trees before the drying wood turns into a fire hazard.

County officials say not to burn trees in fireplaces or stoves because burning may contribute to a chimney fire.

Trees are being accepted at the Robert C. Stille Edwardsville Township Community Park, located at 6368 Center Grove Rd.in Edwardsville.

Residents can drop off their live trees in the west parking lot at the sports complex, 1111 Stonequarry Dr. Signs will help direct traffic.

In Findlay, the city's green waste site, at 350 W. High St., will open for Christmas tree recycling from 7 a.m.to 3 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 3 through Friday, Jan. 6, and from Monday, Jan. 9 through Friday, Jan. 13. The cost for the pickup service is $10 per tree.

The city has been hosting the event since 2002, and Parks and Recreation Director Tim Gilliam said it has grown over the years.

Local Government Minister Marcus Jones MP said: "When the festive season comes to an end and the clean-up operation begins, we should make sure we are all doing our bit for the environment. It is a good way to recycle and re-use".

The NFPA reccomends not leaning the tree against the home as that is also a fire hazard.

After the event, the Canton Public Works Department will offer free mulch to residents from January 9 to January 23.

The trees will be chipped and given new life as animal bedding or compost.

"We actually utilize ours to create and rejuvenate Christmas tree fish habitat structures around the lake", said Ranger George McBroom. Flocked and artificial trees can not be recycled with yard debris.

Trees collected will be used for wildlife habitat.

Customers who do not have yard debris service can put trees next to their garbage containers and pay for an extra 32-gallon collection.

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