Bring one for the chipper: Gwinnett to recycle trees again

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Starting today, Gwinnett residents can bring their live Christmas trees to fire stations throughout the county for the annual Bring One for the Chipper event.

The trees can be dropped off at the fire stations until Jan. 16, according to Gwinnett Clean & Beautiful's Web site. On Jan. 23, volunteers will chip the trees into mulch at Rhodes Jordan Park as part of Keep Georgia Beautiful's Bring One for the Chipper campaign.

The annual tradition of Christmas tree recycling in Gwinnett began in 1984. In addition to providing an easy and environmentally conscious tree disposal solution for residents, the recycled trees will be put to good use through the creation of valuable mulch, the Web site states. Most of the mulch will be used to help beautify Gwinnett County parks.

Landfill space will also be saved, as the average Christmas tree weighs 20 pounds and fills up almost as much landfill space as a washing machine.

Gwinnett Clean & Beautiful estimates it has diverted more than 1,000,000 Christmas trees from landfills since 1984. Annually, Gwinnettians recycle one out of every three Christmas trees recycled in Georgia.

Before dropping off Christmas trees, recyclers should strip them of all lights and decorations. No artificial or flocked trees will be accepted. (Flocking is an artificial snow applied to a Christmas tree.)

For more information, visit www.gwinnettcb.org.