Bring One For The Chipper
12/28/2018 ~ by Carol Opdenhoff, Office Manager
Area residents will go green and drop off Christmas trees to be chipped into mulch or used as a wildlife habitat on Saturday, January 5, 2019 between the hours of 9 am and 4 pm at the Park’n Ride across from the Pickens County Chamber of Commerce Building in Newton Park (500 Stegall Street).
The event educates the public on recycling and environmental conservation and also allows communities to put discarded Christmas trees to good use. The program has been a holiday tradition in Georgia for 28 years and is the largest tree recycling program in the nation.
Pickens County residents recycled 116 Christmas trees in 2018, diverting them from landfills, and chipping them up into useful mulch. In this day of artificial Christmas trees, that’s not bad. Let’s see if we can do better in 2019 and set a new record.
• 94,417 trees were collected in total. Of these, 90,157 were recycled into mulch for playgrounds, city and county landscaping projects, and individual homes.
• 1,944 trees were sunk into lakes across the state to provide fish habitats. 1,294 were used for fuel or other uses.
• Over 6 million Christmas trees have been recycled and diverted from landfills since the start of the program.
• 52 local governments and/or organizations participated.
• 130 collection sites were set up throughout the State.
• 918 volunteers donated 3,307 hours of time.
• Davey Tree Experts chipped 65,475 trees in Metro Atlanta
For more information, Contact: KeepPickens Beautiful, 706-253-3600, or visit us at www.keeppickensbeautiful.org or find on Facebook.