It’s about that time when Athens residents are looking for locations to dispose of their Christmas trees.
Keep Athens-Clarke County Beautiful and Keep Oconee County Beautiful are sponsoring Christmas tree recycling at several locations this Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., as reported in the Athens Banner-Herald.
In Athens, drop-offs can be made at Cofer’s Home and Garden Showplace, Clarke Middle School, Sandy Creek Nature Center and Chase Street Elementary School.
Trees can also be taken to recycling centers at the Georgia Square Mall Theater, Winterville Public Works building, and the Lexington Road Tag Office. These recycling centers are open until Jan. 12.
Undecorated trees can also be left out for leaf and limb disposal in Clarke County. Those wanting to do so should check with the county for the pickup schedule.
For more information on tree recycling in Athens, call (706) 613-3501.
In Oconee County, residents can bring their trees to Harris Shoals Park on Experiment Station Road and to Home Depot at the Oconee Connector.
Georgia Power Co. will chip the trees at Harris Shoals and the mulch will be available for free. The county will also mulch those trees left at Home Depot.
People who drop off trees will get a free tree sapling in Clarke and Oconee counties, or seed packets until supplies last in Oconee County, Keep Oconee County Beautiful Director Cindy Pritchard said.
Trees may also be dropped off at Oconee County recycling collections sites during normal business hours.
The following statewide statistics for the “Bring One for the Chipper” program, which is the largest of its kind in the nation with 94,417 total trees collected, was provided by Pritchard:
There were 82,941 trees that were recycled into mulch for playgrounds, city and county landscaping projects, and individual residences.
2,709 trees were sunk into lakes across Georgia to provide fish habitats and 776 were used for fuel or other uses.
An estimated 6 million Christmas trees have been recycled since the program’s start.
48 local governments and/or organizations participated. 151 collection sites were set up across the state. 673 volunteers donated 2,254 hours of time.
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