Since the early 1970s, tens of thousands of Christmas trees have been dropped off by local residents and chipped into mulch, used by crews to beautify Summit Metro Parks.
You, too, can enjoy your Christmas tree well beyond the holiday season.
Live Christmas trees -- cleaned of all decorations, garland and tinsel -- can be dropped off at the following locations through Jan. 31:
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 (rear parking lot), 2077 Newton St., Akron
Nimisila Reservoir Metro Park, South Main 2 Lot, 5531 S. Main St., Green
Sand Run Metro Park, Treaty Line Area, 995 Treaty Line Rd., Akron
Silver Creek Metro Park, Big Oak Area, 5199 Medina Line Rd., Norton
Visitors should look for the small signs that identify the drop-off locations.
On average, more than 2,000 trees are collected each year. The resulting mulch is spread out near trailheads and used to create landscaping compost.
For more information, visit summitmetroparks.org or call 330-865-8065.