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Christmas Tree recycling program offered

The Lawrence-Scioto Solid Waste Management District is partnering with the United States Forestry Service to offer residents an opportunity to discard old Christmas trees.

“We are pleased that Pat Mercer at Wayne National Forest will be helping us,” Dan Palmer, LSSWMD coordinator, said. “Our equipment is still unavailable and we are glad the forestry service is on board.”

The trees must be stripped of all ornaments and decorations and placed at one of the six following designated areas: the Lawrence County Fairgrounds in Proctorville at the entrance of State Route 243 across from Romeo’s Pizza; South Point Village Hall at 408 Second St. in the parking lot next to the police department; Coal Grove Village Hall on Carlton Davidson Lane in the vacant lot behind the building; the Village of Hanging Rock in the lot beside the police department; the city of Ironton in the vacant Ohio Department of Transportation lot at the junction of U.S. 52 and State Route 141; and at the U.S. forestry office ay 6518 State Route 93 in Pedro.

Signs will be in place to mark the drop-off sites.

“There will be ample area roped off for people to place trees,” Palmer said. “The trees will be collected and transported by our litter crew to Lake Vesuvius where they will be deposited and used a fish habitat.”

Trees will be collected from Dec. 26 to Jan. 9. This service is for live trees only.