When the Christmas season comes to an end, Keep Georgia Beautiful is working hard to host it’s annual Bring One for the Chipper Christmas tree recycling event. With nearly 300 collection sites throughout Georgia, it is the largest Christmas tree recycling in the nation. Through a partnership with Earth-911 and the support of Home Depot, The Davey Tree Company and WXIA11-Alive, Keep Georgia Beautiful has successfully hosted Bring One for the Chipper for the past 23 years.
Since the program started in 1991, Georgia has been successful in recycling over 6 million trees with an average of about 200,000 trees each year. “It is a great way to divert [the trees] from landfills and an easy way to close the loop. A lot are used for mulch and some trees are sunk into rivers for fish and wildlife habitat,” explained Kanika Greenlee, the director of programs and development for Keep Georgia Beautiful.
According to Keep Georgia Beautiful, the mulch from these trees has been used for playgrounds, local government beautification projects, and individual yards. Mulched landscapes help absorb runoff and prevent erosion during times of heavy rainfall.
This year, the Bring One for the Chipper event will take place on Saturday, January 4, 2014 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Georgia residents can visit www.KeepGeorgiaBeautiful.org for a list of drop-off centers by zip codes throughout the state.