The Keep Georgia Beautiful Foundation encourages those who have real Christmas trees to bring them to one of their partner sites where they will be broken up and recycled starting December 26th.
Bring One for the Chipper has been in business for over 30 years and serves over 30 different counties in Georgia. The purpose of the event is to collect used Christmas trees for recycling. The trees are shredded into mulch, which is distributed free of charge to anyone in the community who might need it. Local residents use pine mulch for their gardens, flower beds, and other landscaping projects.
Hall County Deputy Solid Waste Sanitation Supervisor Bobby Perdum said recycling old trees is a much better option than letting them pack the trash.
“The event is really good, we kind of take the perspective of not throwing things in the trash and stuff like that,” Purdum said. “It’s a way to pick up some of the discarded stuff that we normally throw away because people take down their trees. And what do they do with them? Well, they can actually deliver them to any of our 12 compaction sites located around Hall County.”
The tree recycling event only accepts real trees and asks that trees be brought without lights or old ornaments as this could damage the tree machine.
“Residents can come to the landfill, bring a car, grab something [mulch] they need it, and then they take it away for free,” Purdum said. “And not to mention, the Christmas trees smell really good when they’re cut up.”
Bring One for the Chipper is sponsored by The Home Depot, The Davey Tree Expert Company, Georgia Forestry Commission and WXIA-TV. Hall County continues to see a high annual turnout with hundreds of local residents dropping off their old trees for recycling.
“I would always say we process at least 300 to 400 trees every year,” Purdum said.
When all Georgia counties are combined with the totals from previous years, more than 6 million trees were recycled as part of the event.
The Keep Georgia Beautiful Foundation works closely with their affiliate, Keep Hall County Beautiful, as well as other affiliates such as Keep Forsyth County Beautiful. All processing points distribute the received pine mulch in the order of the queue. The Hall County event will run from December 26th to January 6th, and the Forsyth County event will run from December 26th to January 28th.
Specifically, Hall County has 13 compaction sites located on Thompson Bridge Road, Chestnut Street, Atlanta Highway and Gaines Ferry Road, just to name a few. You can visit the Keep Georgia Beautiful Foundation site for a complete list of compactor recycling points, hours and dates of operation.