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PaperChristmas Trees

You don't have to buy a hybrid car or install solar panels on your roof to become a better steward of the environment. You can start by recycling paper, cardboard – even your Christmas tree.

You may dispose of newspapers, magazines, catalogs, office paper and cardboard in several recycling bins, available at the following locations during regular park hours:

Cascade Valley Metro Park / Oxbow

F.A. Seiberling Nature Realm

Firestone Metro Park / Tuscarawas Meadows

Firestone Metro Park / Warner Road

Goodyear Heights Metro Park / Main Entrance

Gorge Metro Park / Main Entrance

Munroe Falls Metro Park / Lake Area

Sand Run Metro Park / Lone Spruce

Sand Run Metro Park / Old Portage

Sand Run Metro Park / Wadsworth

Towpath Trail / Memorial Parkway


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Christmas Trees
Live Christmas trees – cleaned of all decorations, garland and tinsel – can be "recycled" to make mulch December 26 through January 31. Look for the small signs that identify drop-off locations in the following areas:

Firestone Metro Park / Little Turtle Pond
2400 Harrington Rd., Akron

Furnace Run Metro Park / Brushwood Area
4955 Townsend Rd., Richfield

Goodyear Heights Metro Park / Main Entrance
2077 Newton St., Akron

Nimisila Reservoir Metro Park
5531 S. Main St., Green

Sand Run Metro Park / Treaty Line
995 Treaty Line Rd., Akron

Silver Creek Metro Park / Big Oak
5199 Medina Line Rd., Norton

On average, more than 2,000 trees are collected each year. The resulting mulch is spread out near trailheads or used to create landscaping compost.

Officials estimate the park district has chipped more than 80,000 Christmas trees into mulch since the early 1970s.


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Did You Know?

Super Scouts
You can earn an Eagle Scout badge with a Metro Parks volunteer project.

Fish Crossing
Bridges are great places to watch fish. You can see playful darters and shiny minnows from most pedestrian bridges in the Metro Parks.

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