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Christmas tree recycling program ends this week

If you’re looking to recycle your live Christmas tree for parks and trails in Gwinnett County, this week is your last chance.

Gwinnett Clean and Beautiful’s “Bring One for the Chipper” Christmas tree recycling program, in its 30th year, is underway at locations across Gwinnett. The program began in 1984 as a partnership between Gwinnett Clean and Beautiful, local governments, Georgia Power and Jackson EMC to reduce the illegal dumping of trees on roadsides. Trees will be accepted through Friday.

Unadorned live trees will be converted into mulch that will be used for walking trails and to beautify Gwinnett parks.

For the last nine years, Gwinnettians have recycled the most trees in the state, and Gwinnettians recycle one of out every six trees in the state.

GCB officials have said the average Christmas tree weighs 20 pounds and fills up almost as much landfill space as a washing machine.

The “Bring One for the Chipper” event is also looking for volunteers for the recycling event from 9 a.m. to noon on Jan. 25 at Bethesda Park in Lawrenceville, near the soccer fields. Volunteers will aid in chipping recycled Christmas trees into mulch. GCB officials recommend that volunteers bring gloves and wear long pants, thick closed-toe shoes and warm layers.

Volunteers must be 14 years or older, and must arrive with a signed volunteer release form in hand in order to take part in the event. Business groups, church groups, civic organizations, neighborhood associations and school clubs of four or more participants are also welcome to take part in this event.

Christmas tree drop-off sites in Gwinnett County:

Buford

Fire Station 14, 1600 U.S. Highway 23, 30518

Fire Station 24, 2735 Mall of Georgia Blvd., 30519

Fire Station 29, 2800 Thompson Mill Road, 30519

Dacula

Fire Station 17, 2739 Brooks Road, 30019

Fire Station 27, 2825 Old Fountain Road, 30019

Duluth

Fire Station 5, 3001 Old Norcross Road, 30096

Fire Station 7, 3343 Bunton Road, 30096

Fire Station 19, 3275 N. Berkeley Lake Road, 30096

Grayson

Fire Station 8, 2295 Brannan Road, 30017

Hoschton

Fire Station 18, 1515 Mineral Springs Road, 30548

Lawrenceville

Fire Station 9, 1900 Five Forks-Trickum Road, 30044

Fire Station 15, 275 S. Perry St., 30046

Fire Station 20, 1801 Cruse Road, 30044

Fire Station 25, 3575 Lawrenceville Highway, 30044

Lilburn

Fire Station 2, 12 Harmony Grove Road, 30047

Fire Station 3, 4394 Five Forks-Trickum Road, 30047

Fire Station 22, 2180 Stone Drive, 30047

Loganville

Fire Station 28, 3725 Rosebud Road, 30052

Fire Station 30, 1052 Ozora Road, 30052

Norcross

Fire Station 1, 165 Lawrenceville St., 30071

Fire Station 4, 5550 Spalding Drive, 30092

Fire Station 11, 5885 Live Oak Parkway, 30093

Fire Station 23, 4355 Steve Reynolds Blvd., 30093

Peachtree Corners

Fire station 4, 5550 Spalding Drive

Snellville

Fire Station 6, 3890 Johnson Drive, 30039

Fire Station 12, 2815 Lenora Church Road, 30078

Sugar Hill

Fire Station 26, 6075 Suwanee Dam Road, 30518

Suwanee

Fire Station 21, 474 Old Peachtree Road, 30024