With Christmas over, many homes are starting to put away holiday decorations, including the Christmas tree.
People unsure of what to do with their live Christmas tree are encouraged to recycle it with the county’s annual Bring One for the Chipper program.
This year’s program will be held from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 5, at the Home Depot on Belair Road in Evans. Early dropoff is under way at Home Depot and the Columbia County Recycling Center’s William Few Parkway facility.
“This year, we will allow tree dropoff only at the William Few Recycling Center during normal business hours,” said Jenny Hinson, green programs manager with Keep Columbia County Beautiful. “This will be available until the day of the event. We are doing this as a test this year and if trees are dumped after hours or at the gate, we will not be able to offer this option again.”
The recycling center is open from 8:30 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, and 7 a.m. until 4 p.m. Saturday. People are reminded that trees must be free of stands, wires, decorations and lights prior to dropoff.
During the day of the event mulch will be available free of charge, while supplies last, at the Home Depot location.
“Each year, Keep Georgia Beautiful works with private sponsors to organize the recycling event,” reads information on the Keep Georgia Beautiful Web site. “The Chipper program involves hundreds of Georgia communities and thousands of volunteers.”
Keep Georgia Beautiful estimates that 5.9 million Christmas trees have been recycled through the program and mulch from the trees has been used for playgrounds, local government beautification projects and individual yards.
Georgia Power provides the chippers used in the local recycling event, Hinson said. Additional sponsors are Advanced Disposal and Home Depot.