In the glow after the holidays, many people have their hands full with the cleanup. What do you do with your live Christmas trees? How about those socks that you don't really want but can't bring yourself to throw away? How do you make room for your new items, and make good use of the old? And finally, what can you do with all of those wrappers and packages?
Below is a list of resources to help you make the most of your post-holiday cleanup through recycling and donation.
Tribune Chronicle / Bob Coupland
West Farmington resident Bill Armbasick drops off his Christmas tree at one of the many Trumbull County tree recycling drop-off locations. Many people have begun dropping off trees following the holidays. Sites are located in Cortland, Howland, Johnston, Newton, Hubbard Township and Warren. To see or purchase this and other photos, visit cu.tribtoday.com
Christmas tree recycling
Several communities are accepting Christmas trees for recycling. These sites are sponsored by the Geauga-Trumbull Solid Waste Management District and Trumbull County Board of Commissioners:
- Cortland residents may drop off their Christmas trees at the Service Department Garage/Willow Park, at 184 Willow St. through Jan. 14. Hours are 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Curbside collection is offered in Cortland on Jan. 8 and 15 and will take place between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m. Residents should place their trees on the curb the evening before the pickup date.
- Howland Public Works Department will be collecting Christmas trees from 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Mondays through Fridays through Jan. 15 at 3600 North River Road. Help unloading trees is available.
- Hubbard Township is collecting trees until Jan. 23, seven days a week during daylight hours. Trees can be dropped off at the Hubbard Township Road Department at 2600 Elmwood Drive in Hubbard.
The City of Hubbard offers curbside pickup.
- Johnston Township residents may drop off their trees between 7 a.m. and 3 p.m. on Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Jan. 12 and 14 at the township maintenance garage, 4424 Greenville Road (state Route 88). Help unloading trees is available.
- Newton Township is collecting trees from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday through Jan. 31 at the Newton Township Garage at 4410 Newton Bailey Road. Help unloading trees is available.
- Warren residents may drop off trees at Packard Music Hall, 1703 Mahoning Ave., Warren, until Jan. 22 during daylight hours, seven days a week.
Goods recycling and donation
- Goodwill: The Warren Goodwill accepts clothing, children's clothing, toys (must include all parts), small appliances, some electronics and some types of furniture.
There is a donation collection center at the back of the Warren Goodwill located at 2083 Elm Road N.E. Hours are from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. on Sundays. Call 330-372-1214 or visit www.goodwillyoungstown.org for more information.
- Salvation Army, 5680 Youngstown Road, Warren: Clothing, children's clothing, appliances, electronics, furniture, automobiles and household goods are accepted by the Salvation Army for sale in the Salvation Army Store, which funds many programs to help area families.
All donations should be in good shape. Donors should test their electronics at home before taking them in for donation.
Receipts for tax deduction purposes are available.
- Warren Family Mission, 361 Elm Road N.E., Warren: The mission accepts clothing, baby clothing, new household items. Call before donating at 330-394-5437, or visit www.warrenfamilymission.com
- YWCA of Warren, 375 N. Park Ave., Warren: Call regarding donations for current program needs at 330-373-1010
Paper and plastics recycling
Many local communities offer recycling containers for the public to use.
Newspapers, magazines, mixed office paper/junk mail and gift wrap are accepted in the same container.
Plastics labeled #1 through #7 are accepted in a different container, including most #5 plastics with the exception of Styrofoam. Despite being marked #5, plastic foam is not accepted and residents are encouraged not to drop any off.
Another bin can take plastics, glass of any and all colors, tin, steel and aluminum cans.
The collection locations are:
- Bazetta Township Road Department, 2211 state Route 305
- Bloomfield Township Garage, 2063 state Route 87
- Braceville Township Storage Yard, 584 Braceville Robinson Road
- Bristol Township Garage, 254 Park Drive (state Route 88)
- Brookfield Township Fire Department, 774 state Route 7 N.E.
- Champion Middle School, 5435 Kuszmaul St.
- Christ Episcopal Church, 2627 Atlantic St.
- Farmington Old Town Hall, state Route 534, north of state Route 88
- Fowler Township Garage, 3364 Youngstown Kingsville Road
- Girard City Hall, 100 Main St. (behind the building)
- Gustavus Township Fire Department, 8750 Youngstown Kingsville Road (state Route 193)
- Hartford Township Administration Building, 6901 state Route 305
- Howland Township Fire Station, 169 Niles Cortland Road (state Route 46)
- Howland Township Fire Station, 3403 Ridge Road S.E.
- Hubbard City Fire Department, 33 W. Liberty St. (state Route 62)
- Hubbard Township Administration Building, 2600 Elmwood Drive Ext.
- Johnston Township Hall, 4424 Greenville Road (state Route 88)
- Kinsman Township Garage, 6380 state Route 87
- Lordstown Village Street Department, 1491 Salt Springs Road
- McDonald Village Garage, 200 Second St.
- Newton Falls Community Center, 52 E. Quarry St.
- Newton Township Administration Building, 4410 Newton Bailey Road
- Niles City Court, Police and Fire Center, 15 E. State St.
- Southington Town Hall, 3419 state Route 534
- Vernon Township Hall, 5086 state Route 7
- Vienna Township Fire Department, 833 Youngstown-Kingsville Road (state Route 193)
- Warren City parking lot, 347 N. Park Ave. (behind old YWCA)
- Warren City Fire Station No. 6, 2454 Parkman Road
- Warren Township Administration Building, 3765 W. Market St.
- Warren Township Fire Station, 750 North River Road
- Weathersfield Township Administration Building, 1451 Prospect St.
Christmas tree collection
Sponsored by the Mahoning County Green Team, recycled Christmas trees will be used to provide a natural fish habitat in area lakes. Drop-off service is available at the following locations 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday through Jan. 31:
- Austintown Township Park, 6000 Kirk Road
- Berlin Township Building, 15823 W. Akron Canfield Road
- Canfield Township fire station, 5007 Messerly Road
- Mahoning County Southside Annex, 2801 Market St., Youngstown
- New Middletown, 10720 Struthers Road, next to the water tower
Goods recycling and donation
- Goodwill: The Boardman Goodwill accepts clothing, children's clothing, toys (must include all parts), small appliances, some electronics and some types of furniture.
There is a donation collection center at the back of the Boardman Goodwill located in Boardman Plaza at 286 Boardman Canfield Road. Hours are from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday to Saturday, and noon to 5 p.m. Sundays. Call 330-758-0282 or visit www.goodwillyoungstown.org for more information.
- Habitat for Humanity ReStore, 480 Youngstown Poland Road, Youngstown: The group accepts useable appliances, cell phones, chargers, desks, furniture, microwaves (useable), toys and games. Call 330-755-2232 for information.
- Rescue Mission, 962 Martin Luther King Blvd., Youngstown: The mission accepts useable appliances, baby items, beds/mattresses/cribs, blankets and linens, clothing, furniture, televisions (useable), textiles, toys and games. 330-744-5485
- Salvation Army, 1501 Glenwood Ave., Youngstown: Clothing, children's clothing, useable appliances, electronics, furniture, automobiles, toys and games and household goods are accepted by the Salvation Army for sale in the Salvation Army Store, which funds many programs to help area families.
All donations should be in good shape. Donors should test their electronics at home before taking them in for donation. Receipts for tax deduction purposes are available. For more information, contact 800-SA-TRUCK.
l Youngstown State University re:Create: The group accepts usable appliances, baby items, baskets, beds / mattresses / cribs, blankets and linens, books, boxes, bubble wrap (clean), candles, canning jars, clothing, compact discs, coffee cans, computers (useable), copy machines (usable), costumes, craft supplies, desks, egg cartons (clean), eyeglasses, fax machines (useable), flower pots, food items (non-perishable), furniture, greeting cards (fronts only), knick-knacks, lace tablecloths, microwaves (useable), miscellaneous, office electronics (useable), office paper (useable), paint (useable), pallets, printers (useable), Styrofoam (clean), Styrofoam peanuts, televisions (useable), textiles, toys and games, trophies.
For more information, visit www.ysurecreate.com or call 330-941-2238
Paper and plastics recycling
Regular recycling (including wrapping paper and Christmas card collection) is taken at any Mahoning County Green Team drop-off site, or can be put out for pickup in the resident's recycling containers.
For a complete list, which also directs area residents where they might also have hazardous materials dealt with, visit www.mahoningcountyoh.gov /tabid/773/default.aspx and look at the Recycling Catalogue.