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Forsyth Offers Christmas Tree Recycling

"Bring One for the Chipper” the annual Christmas tree recycling event is underway in Forsyth County.

If the needles on your Christmas tree are starting to drop faster than you can keep up with, it may be time to recycle the tree.

The “Bring One for the Chipper” Christmas tree recycling event is underway through Saturday, Jan. 26, at several locations around Cumming sponsored by Keep Forsyth County Beautiful (KFCB).

The annual event has become a tradition for many residents who end the holiday season by recycling their Christmas tree. A wood chipper at the below locations processes the trees into mulch.  

“We are very excited to see the number of trees recycled in Forsyth County increasing every year,” said Environmental Program Manager Tammy Wright. “It is a win-win scenario – the program provides a convenient way for residents to dispose of their tree, and recycling the trees is good for the environment.”

The “Bring One for the Chipper” event started in Georgia in 1991 and more than 78,000 trees have been recycled during that time. Forsyth County residents have been participating in the program since 1994. In 2011 alone, residents recycled 8,710 trees. 

Christmas trees can be dropped off at the following locations during the designated dates and times:

  • Vickery Creek Elementary - 6280 Post Road - Accepting trees now through Jan. 5 from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Please, no trees at this site after 4 p.m. on Jan. 5.
  • Tolbert Street Recycling Convenience Center - 351 Tolbert Street - Accepting trees now through Jan. 26, Monday - Saturday, 7:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Old Atlanta Recycling Convenience Center - 3678 Old Atlanta Road - Accepting trees now through Jan. 26, Monday - Saturday, 7:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Coal Mountain Recycling Convenience Center - 3560 Settingdown Road - Accepting trees now through Jan. 26, Monday - Saturday, 7:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Home Depot - 1000 Market Place Boulevard - Accepting trees only on Saturday, Jan. 5 from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Please, no trees at this site after 4 p.m. on Jan. 5
  • Home Depot - 2635 Peachtree Parkway - Accepting trees only on Saturday, Jan. 5 from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Please, no trees at this site after 4 p.m. on Jan. 5  

If you are interested in receiving mulch created by the tree recycling, visit the Keep Forsyth County Beautiful Web Site. Wood chips are also available for county residents near the Forsyth County Roads and Bridges facility on County Way. Interested residents are responsible for loading and hauling their own wood chips.  

Please note that all three recycling convenience centers will be closed Tuesday, Jan. 1 in observance of New Year’s Day and Monday, Jan. 21 in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

You can also pick up free tree seedlings and vegetable seeds while supplies last at all recycling sites on Saturday, Jan. 5 beginning at 9 a.m. on a first come, first served basis.  

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