Here’s how to put your Christmas tree to good use after the holiday

Donations are being accepted around Northeast Ohio

Here’s how to put your Christmas tree to good use after the holiday
Coyotes enjoy lounging on recycled trees at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History.

CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) -'Tis the season to get rid of your Christmas tree. Before you toss it into the garbage, though, you might want to consider recycling.

Here’s how to put your Christmas tree to good use after the holiday

Every year, the Cleveland Museum of Natural History accepts close to 100 recycled trees. This year, they have all they need, thanks to a big donation from the botanical gardens, and Wildlife Manager Melissa Terwilliger says they’ll be put to good use.

"You can actually hide food in the trees. It makes it a little bit more challenging for them as an enrichment," she said. "Sort of a cognitive enrichment, a puzzle feeder where they can walk through the trees and gather up the food that's stuck in there."

If you want to see your tree recycled, here are some good options.

Stearns Homestead has advertised on their Facebook page that they will be accepting live trees in the front south pasture. The goats and sheep look forward to the annual Christmas tree snack, but make sure you've removed all decorations, including tinsel.

Stearns Homestead is located at 6975 Ridge Road in Parma.

For those living on the Cleveland's East side, Kelly's Working Well Farm accepts your live tree. For donation details contact Kelly's Working Well Farm, 16495 S. Franklin Street in Chagrin Falls (440-247-7825).

Lake Metroparks has established 16 locations where residents can drop off their used Christmas tree to be recycled. The trees are chipped and the chips are composted or used as mulch inside the parks.

For all Lake Metroparks recycling locations, go to

The Summit County Metro Parks has six locations for residents to drop off their clean, used Christmas trees. The parks website said more than 2,000 trees are collected annually.

For all Summit County Metro Parks recycling locations, go to

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