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July 15, 2024

Recycle Your Trees, Holiday Lights

Head to a Great Parks location near you or library and finally put those old and broken lights to good use.

There are multiple locations to discard unwanted holiday lights and feel good about it, too. Multiple Great Parks locations throughout Cincinnati and Campbell County, Ky are helping you recycle your holiday lights and Christmas trees this year.

Great Parks and Cohen Recycling 

Great Parks is renewing its holiday lights recycling program this season (diverting thousands of pounds of material from going into landfills). Holiday light sets are accepted in specially marked bins at six Great Parks destinations now through February 1, 2024. From there, Cohen Recycling will collect and recycle all the wiring and light sets. Plus, Cohen will present a check to Great Parks for the value of the recycled material at the end of the program.

Both LED and traditional bulb string lights can be dropped off, but other recyclable materials should not be left in the bins. Only lights and their wiring should be dropped – bags or boxes used to carry lights into the parks should not be placed in the bins.

Here are the destinations you can drop off your lights:

  • Farbach-Werner Nature Preserve
    Ellenwood Nature Barn, 3455 Poole Road Cincinnati, Oh
  • Glenwood Gardens
    Gatehouse, 10397 Springfield Pike Cincinnati, Oh
  • Miami Whitewater Forest
    Visitor Center, 9001 Mt. Hope Road Harrison, Oh
  • Sharon Woods
    Sharon Centre, 11450 Lebanon Road Sharonville, Oh
  • Winton Woods
    Winton Centre, 10245 Winton Road Cincinnati, Oh
  • Woodland Mound
    Breezy Point Pavilion, 8250 Old Kellogg Road Cincinnati, Oh

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The Campbell County Christmas Tree and Light Recycling Program

The Campbell County Christmas Tree Recycling Program begins Tuesday, December 26, and runs through Sunday, Jan. 14. Residents can drop off natural Christmas trees at the designated area in Pendery Park during daylight hours.

Note: trees should not be wrapped in bags and be sure to remove all ornaments, tinsel, ribbons and lights before drop-off. The Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife will collect the trees for fish habitat in lakes throughout the commonwealth.

The holiday light recycling program takes place now through February 1, 2024.

Campbell County residents can drop off unwanted string lights at these six locations:

  • Campbell County Administration Building
    1098 Monmouth St., Newport
  • Campbell County Clerk’s Office
    8330 W Main St., Alexandria
  • Campbell County Public Library locations

The county asks that only string lights be recycled in the provided barrels, free of plastic bags and other packaging products.

For questions, email or call 859-547-1866.

About the Author

Amanda Hayward

Amanda Hayward is editor of this publication. She is from Cincinnati, Ohio, and a mom of three with one on the way. If she's not writing for Cincinnati Family, you'll find her running, juggling kids, teaching group fitness classes and cooking up healthy recipes.