LAWRENCEVILLE -- Christmas has only just passed, but a local organization is already expecting your old tree.
Each year, Gwinnett Clean and Beautiful hosts its "Bring One for the Chipper" campaign, collecting used Christmas trees that will eventually be mulched and used in local parks. Starting now, those interested can drop their tannenbaums off at any Gwinnett County fire station.
Donations are also accepted at Sims Lake Park in Suwanee and, for city residents only, at 107 Railroad Ave. in Lilburn.
More than 30,000 trees are typically recycled each year through the program, the largest of its kind in the state. Over the years, its estimated that Gwinnettians have recycled more than 1.4 million trees.
The goal, organizers say, is to "save precious landfill space" while providing a safe and environmentally conscious solution for residents trying to dispose of their trees.
Trees will be accepted this year through Jan. 18. They must be stripped of all lights and decorations.
On Jan. 26, Gwinnett Clean and Beautiful will host the main event, bringing together volunteers at Lawrenceville's Bethesda Park to actually run the collected trees through a chipper. Those interested in volunteering can register by visiting gwinnettcb.org and filling out the release agreement. Volunteers must be at least 14 years old.
CHRISTMAS TREE DROP-OFF SITES IN GWINNETT COUNTY
Fire Station 14, 1600 Highway 23
Fire Station 24, 2735 Mall of GA Blvd.
Fire Station 29, 2800 Thompson Mill Road
Fire Station 17, 2739 Brooks Road
Fire Station 27, 2825 Old Fountain Road
Fire Station 5, 3001 Old Norcross Road
Fire Station 7, 3343 Bunton Road
Fire Station 19, 3275 N. Berkeley Lake Road
Fire Station 8, 2295 Brannan Road
Fire Station 18, 1515 Mineral Springs Road
Fire Station 9, 1900 Five Forks-Trickum Road
Fire Station 15, 275 S. Perry Street
Fire Station 20, 1801 Cruse Road
Fire Station 25, 3575 Lawrenceville Highway
Fire Station 2, 12 Harmony Grove Road
Fire Station 3, 4394 Five Forks-Trickum Road
Fire Station 22, 2180 Stone Drive
*City Residents Only: 107 Railroad Avenue
Fire Station 28, 3725 Rosebud Road
Fire Station 30, 1052 Ozora Road
Fire Station 1, 165 Lawrenceville Street
Fire Station 4, 5550 Spalding Drive
Fire Station 11, 5885 Live Oak Parkway
Fire Station 23, 4355 Steve Reynolds Blvd.
Fire Station 6, 3890 Johnson Drive
Fire Station 12, 2815 Lenora Church Road
Fire Station 26, 6075 Suwanee Dam Road
Fire Station 21, 474 Old Peachtree Road
Sims Lake Park, 4600 Suwanee Dam Road