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Make Gwinnett Greener and Cleaner this Season

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ChristmasTreeBeginning the day after Christmas, the Gwinnett community will continue the annual tradition of Christmas Tree Recycling through Keep Georgia Beautiful” s “Bring One for the Chipper Program”. The annual tradition of Christmas Tree Recycling began in 1984 as a partnership between Gwinnett Clean & Beautiful, 13 local governments, Georgia Power and Jackson EMC to reduce the illegal dumping of trees on roadsides. It is estimated that Gwinnettians have recycled more than 1,400,000 trees and saved valuable landfill space since the program began.

Residents are encouraged to give back to nature and bring their Christmas tree, stripped of all lights and decorations, to one of approximately 30 local drop-off locations between December 26 and January 18. Artificial trees will not be accepted.

Real Christmas trees are biodegradable. They can be easily reused or recycled for mulch and other purposes. Most of the mulch will be used to improve walking trails and beautify Gwinnett County parks.# Precious landfill space will also be saved as the average Christmas tree weighs twenty pounds and fills up almost as much landfill space as a washing machine.

Once the trees are collected from the drop-off locations, community volunteers will chip them into mulch at the “Bring One for the Chipper”# event, scheduled for Saturday, January 26th, from 9:00 a.m. – noon, at Bethesda Park in Lawrenceville.# Residents interested in volunteering at this event should visit the Gwinnett Clean & Beautiful website at www.gwinnettcb.org or call 770-822-5187. All volunteers must be at least 14 years of age to participate.

For the past nine years we have recycled the most trees in the state.# Annually, Gwinnettians recycle one out of every six Christmas trees recycled in Georgia.# Placed end to end, the trees collected in Gwinnett last year would stretch from Norcross to Forsyth, GA.# More than 25,000 trees were recycled last year; however, due to the economy, we expect fewer trees this year.

Participating drop-off locations are listed on the Gwinnett Clean & Beautiful website, www.gwinnettcb.org.