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Christmas trees can be donated, recycled

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

Buford

Fire Station 14, 1600 Highway 23

Fire Station 24, 2735 Mall of GA Blvd.

Fire Station 29, 2800 Thompson Mill Road

Dacula

Fire Station 17, 2739 Brooks Road

Fire Station 27, 2825 Old Fountain Road

Duluth

Fire Station 5, 3001 Old Norcross Road

Fire Station 7, 3343 Bunton Road

Fire Station 19, 3275 N. Berkeley Lake Road

Grayson

Fire Station 8, 2295 Brannan Road

Hoschton

Fire Station 18, 1515 Mineral Springs Road

Lawrenceville

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

Lilburn

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

Loganville

Fire Station 28, 3725 Rosebud Road

Fire Station 30, 1052 Ozora Road

Norcross

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.

Snellville

Fire Station 6, 3890 Johnson Drive

Fire Station 12, 2815 Lenora Church Road

Sugar Hill

Fire Station 26, 6075 Suwanee Dam Road

Suwanee

Fire Station 21, 474 Old Peachtree Road

Sims Lake Park, 4600 Suwanee Dam Road