The debate over Christmas trees, real or artificial, will likely never stop. Artificial trees can be used again and again, while live trees have a short life span. However, the real things do serve a purpose after they are no longer good for decoration.
The Clermont County Park District says natural trees can be composted or mulched, and they are often used for shoreline stabilization projects, to reduce beach erosion, and under water as fish habitat.
Several communities in Clermont County have collection sites and programs for "treecycling". They ask that all decorations are removed from the trees before they're dropped off.
Amelia: Curbside pickup is available on Mondays during regular yard waste pickup.
Loveland: City residents can call 513-683-0150 for curbside tree pickup from Jan. 2-Jan. 15.
Miami Township: Collection sites are in Paxton Ramsey Park and Miami Meadows. Trees can be dropped off seven days a week during daylight hours through Jan. 31. 513-248-3728.
Milford: Christmas tree collection will be held curbside every Wednesday in January. Rid the tree of all lights, tinsel, and decorations. Trees not meeting the above requirements will be left at the curb and not collected. 513-831-7018.
Pierce Township: Residents can bring trees to the Pierce Township Hall through Feb. 1. The drop-off area will be clearly marked in the south corner of the ball field parking lot next to the Fire Department, 950 Locust Corner Road.
Stonelick Township: Residents can drop their trees cleared of all decorations at the Clermont County Fairgrounds near the horse barns through Jan. 6. Signs will be posted. 513-732-3299.
Union Township: Union Township residents can drop off trees behind the Police Department, 4312 Glen Este-Withamsville Road, from Jan. 1-Jan. 31. The drop-off area will be clearly marked. 513-753-2221.
Pattison Park, Clermont County Park District: County residents can drop off trees lakeside at Pattison Park, 2228 U.S. 50, Batavia, through Jan. 11.