December 21, 2017

Where to ‘treecycle’ in Clermont County

BATAVIA, Ohio (Dec. 21, 2017) — A reminder from the Clermont County Office of Environmental Quality: When the holidays are over, make sure you “treecycle” your real tree. That means you recycle your Christmas tree so that it can be used as compost or mulch. Trees can get a second life after they are chipped and used for mulch and hiking trails, or become a fish habitat, or are used for beachfront erosion or shoreline stabilization projects.

Many local communities and the Clermont County Park District offer opportunities to treecycle. Before you take your tree to a collection site or haul it to the curb, be sure to remove all lights, tinsel and decorations.

Among Clermont County recycling opportunities:

  • Amelia: Curbside pickup is available on Mondays after Jan. 1 during regular yard waste pickup.
  • Loveland: City residents can place trees at the curb for pickup from Jan. 2-19.
  • Miami Township: Residents can bring Christmas trees cleared of all decorations to either Paxton Ramsey Park or Miami Meadows for chipping. Trees can be dropped off seven days a week during daylight hours from Dec. 26-Jan. 31. Questions? Call 513.248.3728.
  • Milford: Christmas tree collection will be held every Wednesday in January. Please rid the tree of all lights, tinsel, and decoration, and place it at the curb. Trees not meeting the above requirements will be left at the curb. Questions? Call 513.831.7018.
  • Pierce Township: Residents can bring trees to the Pierce Township Hall after Christmas through Jan. 12. Dumpsters will be at the dropoff area in the south corner of the ball field parking lot next to the Fire Department at 950 Locust Corner Road.
  • Pattison Park, Clermont County Park District: County residents can drop off trees lakeside at Pattison Park, Dec. 26-Jan. 12. Please remove all decorations.
  • Union Township: Union Township residents can drop off trees behind the Police Department, 4312 Glen Este-Withamsville Road. The dropoff days are Jan. 1-31. The dropoff area will be clearly marked and all trees must be cleared of all decorations. Questions? Call 513.753.2221.

For more information, contact Hannah Lubbers, at 513.732.7894 or email her at hlubbers@clermontcountyohio.gov.

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September 20, 2017

Want to sponsor a child for the holidays? Read this!

BATAVIA, Ohio (Sept. 20, 2017) – Clermont County Children’s Protective Services (CPS) is hoping to brighten the holidays for the 280 children in its custody – and residents, churches, businesses, and organizations in Clermont County can help.

“For years, our generous sponsors of the Community Toy Chest have helped to make Christmas a happier time for our children, most of whom are in foster care,” said Sanna Gast, coordinator of the Toy Chest. “When you sign up to sponsor an individual child, or a family, you make sure that our kids have presents to unwrap on Christmas Day.”

Those who are interested in sponsoring a child will get a first name, age, and a wish list from Gast. They are asked to shop for the child and turn in the gifts by a date that will be indicated.

Monetary donations are also welcomed, Gast said. The staff can pool together the donations to buy gift cards or electronic gifts for older youth. The age range of the children, who have been removed from their homes due to abuse and/or neglect, is from infancy to 18.

Some children come as late as Christmas Eve into the care of CPS, Gast said. Even in the midst of that trauma, those children will receive wrapped gifts.

If you are interested in sponsoring a child or a family, please contact Gast at sanna.gast@jfs.ohio.gov, or call her at 513.732.7264.

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December 28, 2016

Clermont County offers many treecycling opportunities

BATAVIA, Ohio (Dec. 28, 2016) – If you have a live tree at home for the holidays, be sure you treecycle, advises the Clermont County Office of Environmental Quality (OEQ).

“Because live Christmas trees use carbon neutral production, are made locally, and can be easily recycled, they are more eco-friendly than their artificial counterparts, which are often manufactured overseas and don’t decompose,” said Hannah Lubbers of OEQ.

Treecycling means recycling your cut Christmas tree, so that it can be used as compost or mulch. Trees contain valuable nutrients that can be used in many other capacities, Lubbers said. Trees can get a second life after they are chipped – they can be used for mulch and hiking trails; they can become a fish habitat, or they can be used for beachfront erosion or shoreline stabilization projects.

Locally, many communities and the Clermont County Park District offer opportunities for you to treecycle.  But before you take your tree to a collection site or haul it to the curb for pick-up, please be sure to remove all lights, tinsel, and decorations.

Among Clermont County recycling opportunities:

  • Amelia:  Curbside pick-up is available on Mondays during regular yard waste pick-up.
  • Loveland:  City residents can call 513.707.1442 for curbside tree pick-up on Wednesdays from Jan. 2-Jan. 13, 2017.
  • Miami Township:  Residents can bring Christmas trees cleared of all decorations to either Paxton Ramsey Park or Miami Meadows for chipping. Trees can be dropped off seven days a week during daylight hours from now through Jan. 31. More information, 513.248.3728.
  • Milford:  Christmas tree collection will be held every Wednesday in January.  Remove lights, tinsel, and decorations, and place it at the curb. Trees not meeting these requirements will be left at the curb.  More information, 513.831.7018.
  • Pierce Township: Pierce Township residents can bring trees to the Pierce Township Hall from now through Jan. 13. Dumpsters will be at the drop-off area located in the south corner of the ball field parking lot, next to the Fire Department, 950 Locust Corner Road.
  • Pattison Park, Clermont County Park District: County residents can drop off trees lakeside at Pattison Park from now through Jan. 13. Please remove all decorations prior to drop-off.
  • Union Township: Union Township residents can drop off trees behind the Police Department, 4312 Glen Este-Withamsville Road. The drop-off days are Jan. 1-Jan. 31. The drop-off area will be clearly marked and all trees must be cleared of all decorations.  If you have any questions, please contact the Service Department at 513.753.2221.#GreenClermont