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Miami County Transfer Station and Recycling Center to offer free Christmas tree recycling

Christmas tree a second life after the season! The Miami County Solid Waste District reminds all residents to recycle Christmas trees after December 25th.


The Miami County Transfer Station and Recycling Center, on County Road 25-A north of Troy, will collect Christmas trees at no charge from December 26, 2016 through January 15, 2017.


Some municipal waste haulers will pick up Christmas trees to be delivered to the Transfer Station and Recycling Center. Contact your private hauler to see if there is a charge for pick-up. Please remember to remove the stand, hooks, plastic bags, and all non-biodegradable ornaments before taking your tree to the curb or the transfer station.


This recycling project assists the county in keeping wood waste out of the landfill, and provides mulch for the beautification of public spaces in the county.


While dropping off your Christmas tree, remember to bring along all those other post-holiday recyclables like wrapping paper, boxes and beverage containers. The Transfer Station and Recycling Center accepts pre-sorted recyclables at no charge, including paper of all types, cardboard, plastic containers, glass jars and bottles, and steel and aluminum cans.

Many municipal waste haulers also offer tree pickup; call your hauler for details.

Waste reduction grants awarded to seven local educators

The Miami County Solid Waste District has awarded seven grants to educators, totaling $3,293.08, funding waste reduction and conservation education in Miami County.

Started in 2010, the solid waste district’s educational grant program initially provided up to six grants of $500 each. This year, the Board of Miami County Commissioners and the Miami County Solid Waste Management Policy Committee both approved an expansion of the program, funding up to ten $500 grants annually. Since its inception, the waste reduction grant program has awarded over $14,000 to local conservancy educators for recycling infrastructure, classroom materials and field trips.

This year’s recipients include:

  • Eileen Heffner of Van Cleve Sixth Grade, awarded $500 to fund a field trip to the Montgomery County Environmental Learning Center
  • Alison Osborne of Van Cleve Sixth Grade, awarded $450 to fund a field trip to Carillon Park, where students will learn about sustainable building practices
  • McKenzie Costello of Van Cleve Sixth Grade, awarded $500 to fund a class visit to the Dayton Art Institute’s recycled sculpture exhibit
  • Paul Gibboney of Troy Christian Schools, awarded $500 to create a campus-wide composting project
  • Silvia Speck of Troy Christian Schools, awarded $468.08 to purchase recycling bins for classrooms
  • Shelley Stewart of Cookson Elementary School, awarded $375 for an in-classroom aquaponics project
  • James Kitchen of Tippecanoe High School, awarded $500 for materials for his Home Building class’ sustainable Tiny Houses project

The Miami County Solid Waste District thanks all of these recipients for their commitment to conservancy education in Miami County.