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District offers Christmas tree recycling: Will be turned into fish habitats in Lake Vesuvius

Once again, the Lawrence-Scioto Solid Waste Management District will partner with the U.S. Forestry Service to offer residents of the county an opportunity to discard their live Christmas trees in a way so they can continue to be of use.

Over the past decade, over 1,000 live Christmas trees have been turned into homes for fish that live in Lake Vesuvius in Wayne National Forest.

The six drop off sites include:

• Lawrence County Fairgrounds, Proctorville, at the entrance off State Street across from Romeo’s Pizza.

• South Point Village Hall, 408 Second St., South Point, in the parking lot beside the police department.

• Coal Grove Village Hall, 513 Carlton Davidson Lane, Coal Grove, in the vacant lot behind the hall.

• Village of Hanging Rock, in the lot next to the former police department.

• City of Ironton, in the vacant ODOT property at the junction of U.S. 52 and State Route 141.

• U.S. Forestry, 6518 State Route 93, Pedro.

“The trees will be collected and transported by our litter crew to Lake Vesuvius where they will be deposited for fish habitat,” said Dan Palmer, LSSWD’s executive director. He added the trees will be accepted from Dec. 26-Jan. 10.

The sites will have signs that read “Christmas Tree Drop Site,” and there will be a roped-off area for the live trees to be placed. Artificial trees will not be accepted.

For more information on this and other programs of the Solid Waste District, you can contact Palmer or Stephanie Helms, community outreach/education specialist at 740- 532-1231.