Now that Christmas 2017 is in the history books, the time has come to clean up.

All of the presents have been opened, so the ripped wrapping paper has to go in the trash. The mistletoe, the inflatable outdoors Santa and Christmas tree decorations all have to come down.

There is one question facing all of the people who got live Christmas trees this year, though — “What am I going to do with this tree now?”

That’s where Gwinnett Clean and Beautiful steps in. The group is gearing up its Bring One For the Chipper program again, giving residents a place to dump their now used live Christmas trees.

“We love that Bring One for the Chipper has become a cherished part of holiday traditions for so many residents throughout Gwinnett County,” Gwinnett Clean and Beautiful Executive Director Schelly Marlatt said in a statement. “Instead of being sad that Christmas is over, they can drop off their tree knowing that it will be given a new life.”

Residents were invited to begin dropping off their Christmas trees at select fire stations around the county Tuesday. Twenty-nine stations in 13 communities around Gwinnett will serve as drop off points until Jan. 15.

Gwinnett Clean and Beautiful will have the trees fed into wood chippers during a community event that will be held Jan. 27. The resulting mulch will be used in various places such as trail beds at parks and garden beds at schools and government buildings.

“Once the trees have been collected at area fire stations, they’ll be transported to Bethesda Park for the big day when they’ll be chipped into mulch and then transported to locations all over the county to beautify our community,” Marlatt said. “Talk about a happy ending to a great holiday season.”

Gwinnett Clean and Beautiful officials also said they are looking for community volunteers to help with the wood chipping event on Jan. 27. It will be held at Bethesda Park, 225 Bethesda Church Road in Lawrenceville. Anyone who is interested in helping out as a volunteer can register at

Residents can drop off their Christmas trees at the following locations:


• Fire Station 14 — 1600 U.S. Highway 23

• Fire Station 24 — 2735 Mall of GA Boulevard

• 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 10 — 1131 Rock Springs Road

• Fire Station 15 — 275 S. Perry St.

• Fire Station 20 — 1801 Cruse Road

• Fire Station 25 — 3575 Lawrenceville Highway

• Fire Station 31 — 1061 Collins Hill Road


• Fire Station 2 — 12 Harmony Grove Road

• Fire Station 3 — 4394 Five Forks-Trickum Road

• Fire Station 22 — 2180 Stone Drive


• Fire Station 28 — 3725 Rosebud Road

• Fire Station 30 — 1052 Ozora Road


• Fire Station 1 — 165 Lawrenceville St.

• Fire Station 11 — 5885 Live Oak Parkway

• Fire Station 23 — 4355 Steve Reynolds Boulevard

Peachtree Corners

• Fire Station 4 — 5550 Spalding Drive


• Fire Station 6 — 3890 Johnson Drive

• Fire Station 12 — 2815 Lenora Church Road

Sugar Hill

• Fire Station 26 — 6075 Suwanee Dam Road


• Fire Station 21 — 474 Old Peachtree Road

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