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Christmas tree mulch will be used at Suwanee parks

SUWANEE - Suwanee officials are hoping the community will chip in after the Christmas holiday and bring their once-decorated spruces to be recycled.

This year, the city will grind up the trees as part of Gwinnett Clean and Beautiful's annual "Bring One for the Chipper" Christmas tree recycling program.

Trees passed through the chipper will become mulch, which will be used to pad and landscape parks throughout the city.

The environmental solutions-based organization is hoping to save precious landfill space through the after-holidays program.

According to Gwinnett Clean and Beautiful's Web site, the average Christmas tree weighs 25 pounds and takes up nearly as much landfill space as a washing machine.

The site reveals that each year, Gwinnettians are responsible for one in every three Christmas trees recycled in Georgia.

The Web site notes that for the past five years Gwinnett has recovered the most trees in the state.

Those looking to toss their prickly pines can do so beginning Wednesday at the Suwanee Town Center at the intersection of Lawrenceville-Suwanee Road and Buford Highway.

City officials said signs will be posted leading drivers to the exact drop-off location.

Tree toters are asked to strip their pines of all decorations and lights before dropping off the shrub.

This year's tree chipping fest will culminate at the Town Center on Jan. 5.

Those who drop off their trees between the hours of 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. that Saturday will receive tree seedlings in appreciation of their donation.

In addition, adult volunteers are needed Jan. 5 to help unload trees from vehicles and assist with recycling duties.

Those interested in volunteering can contact Tammy Hiler at the city of Suwanee by calling 770-945-8996 or by e-mail at thiler@suwanee.com.

Suwanee is one of 28 Gwinnett tree-recycling locations. Additional drop-off sites can be found on Gwinnett Clean and Beautiful's Web site at www.gwinnettcb.org.

SideBar: If you go

What: Bring One for the Chipper

When: Wednesday through Jan. 5; those who drop off trees between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Jan. 5 will receive tree seedlings

Where: Suwanee Town Center in the undeveloped area adjacent to City Hall