29th Annual “Bring One for the Chipper”
Georgia’s Annual Christmas Tree Recycling Program
By Brandy Rixey
Join the tradition, and give a gift to nature this holiday season by recycling your Christmas tree. For 29 years, the “Bring One for the Chipper” program has helped Georgians recycle their Christmas trees. Sponsors like The Home Depot, The Davey Tree Expert Company, Georgia Forestry Commission, One Tree Planted, and WXIA-TV make it possible for the Keep Georgia Beautiful Foundation to implement the program in hundreds of communities statewide.
Since its inception, the network has recycled over six million Christmas trees, and that number continues to grow each year. Resulting mulch gets donated to playgrounds, government beautification projects, parks, and individual yards. In certain communities, trees are also transformed into fish habitats at local lakes. Trees from metro locations will be chipped into mulch by The Davey Tree Expert Company. Mulch is available free to the public upon request by calling 770-451-7911 or by filling out the form on their website at davey.com.
This year, Chipper’s official date is January 4. Support the program by bringing your unadorned tree (no flocking or fake snow made from artificial materials) to a designated drop-off site or volunteering with your local affiliate—the program involves the entire community and countless volunteers. Visit keepgeorgiabeautiful.org for more information.
Need help with the disposal of your tree? For the eighteenth year, Boy Scout Troop 841 will step up to help with the disposal of your Christmas tree in North Fulton and pick up your tree(s) for a donation of $15 per tree. If you would like to make use of this service, please visit t841.org/tree and reserve your pick up slot before 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, January 2.
The Home Depot, 5300 Windward Parkway, Alpharetta. 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
The Home Depot, 4101 Roswell Road NE, Marietta. 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
The Home Depot, 3605 Sandy Plains Road, Marietta. 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
You can also bring your tree from December 25 – January 18 to one of the participating Cobb County parks: Sewell Park, 2055 Lower Roswell Road, Marietta or Fullers Park, 3499 Robinson Road, Marietta.
The Home Depot, 5950 State Bridge Road, Johns Creek. 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Milton High School, 13025 Birmingham Highway, Milton. 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
The Home Depot, 1580 Holcomb Bridge Road, Roswell. 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
The Home Depot, 870 Woodstock Road, Roswell. 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Unable to make it January 4?
You can still recycle your tree at these two locations: December 26 – January 4 (closed January 1), Scottsdale Farms Garden Center, 15639 Birmingham Highway, Milton or December 27 – January 17 (closed January 1), Green Brothers Earth Works, 3445 Francis Road, Alpharetta.