How to Recycle or Dispose of Christmas TreesWhere and How to Recycle or Dispose of Christmas Trees in Georgia in January 2017

How to Recycle or Dispose of Christmas Trees

In many urban and suburban areas, Christmas trees are collected from curbside during the first 2 weeks in January. Be sure to remove all  remove all lights, wire, tinsel, ornaments, nails, stands,  other NON-Organic decorative materials and other materials that are not part of the original tree. This includes tree stands also.  Flocked trees are usually accepted, but not artificial trees. Large trees (larger than the standard 6 - 7 ft tree) may need to be cut in half to be acceptable by your garbage hauler. But scrroll down this page for more specific information and local links.

What happens to the trees? In most cases, the trees are chipped and made into a mulch which is usually made available, free to city or county residents. Important: Never burn your Christmas tree in a fireplace or wood stove. Burning the tree may contribute to creosote buildup and could cause a chimney fire.

Tips: Always follow the links (usually the name of the city or county) below for updated information, as these agencies often wait until the last minute to change dates or update their information (it's government, remember?). If your area is Grinding Christmas trees into mulchnot specifically mentioned below, contact your trash collection agency and inquire!

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Georgia: Where and How to Recycle Your Christmas Tree After the Holidays

  • Statewide - ANYWHERE in Georgia! Bring One for the Chipper, the state's annual Christmas tree recycling program, invites Georgia residents to bring their trees to local drop-off centers on January 5th, 2013 from 9 am to 4 pm.  At many locations, Boy Scouts are on hand to help you quickly unload you tree.
    Click  here for the complete january 2017 list of all locations, sorted by county
    Georgia Christmas Tree Recycling Locations in Your Area By Zip Code
    Georgia Christmas Tree Recycling Locations in Your Area By County
    Metro Atlanta Residents! Get FREE mulch delivered! Go here for order form and details.
  • Home Depot - On Saturday, January 7th, 2017, most locations statewide will take trees (you can have purchased your tree anywhere) for recycling. Atlanta area tree drop-off points for 2013 ican be found on this list (PDF). Or call your local Home Depot to ask! Click here to fond your local Home Depot store and their phone number.
  • Atlanta (City residents) Curbside Tree Disposal: The City of Atlanta Department of Public Works will collect and recycle your Christmas tree along with your yard trimmings. Please make sure that the tree does not include the following when placed curbside: Remove the base. Remove all lights and decorations. Do not place the tree in a plastic bag. Click here for locations, updated information and more details.
  • Athens-Clarke County - Bring your undecorated Christmas tree (and wreaths) to one of the following locations and receive a FREE tree seedling! Drop-off Locations:
    Cofer's Home and Garden Showplace
    Clarke Middle School
    Sandy Creek Nature Center
    Chase Street Elementary School
    Recycling Centers*
    Georgia Square Mall Theater Parking Lot
    Winterville Public Works Building
    Lexington Road Tag Office
    CHaRM (Limited Hours Site Hours. M & W 10 AM - 7 PM, Sat. 8 AM - 12 PM)
    Undecorated trees put out for leaf and limb will also be recycled. Check the Leaf & Limb schedule to determine the pick-up schedule for your zone! You can also drop off Christmas trees at the Athens-Clarke County Landfill for recycling free of charge. Recycling Centers are open December 25th to January 11th. These sites are unstaffed (except during the January 7th event), but you may deposit your tree in the specially marked rolloffs.
    Keep Athens-Clarke County Beautiful(706) 613-3501 ext. 309
  • Cobb County - Free Christmas Tree Recycling at selected COBB COUNTY PARKS AND RECREATION locations: from December 26 through January 6th
    LOST MOUNT IN PARK, 4845 DALLAS HWY 489, POWDER SPRINGE, GA 30127
    NOONDAY CREEK PARK, HAWKINS STORE RD, KENNESAW, GA 30144
    FULLERS PARK,  3499 ROBINSON R, MARIETTA, GA 30067
    HARRISON PARK, 2E 30 SHALLOWFORD RD, MARIETTA, GA 30066
    SEWELL PARK,  2085 LOWER ROSWELL RD, MARIETTA, GA 30067
    Free mulch available after January 6th!
    For more information contact the Keep Cobb Beautiful Office at 770-528-1135 or keepcobbbeautiful@cobbcounty.org. Recycling trees creates mulch, fuel, wildlife habitats and other useful material.
  • Columbus, GA - Bring One for the Chipper Christmas Tree Recycling Project started on Monday, December 26, 2016 and it will continue until Saturday, January 7, 2017. Drop off your live Christmas trees in these designated areas at the following locations:
    -Cooper Creek Park, 5089 Cooper Creek Parkway, 31907
    -Britt David Park, 5560 Armour Road, 31904
    -Shirley B. Winston Recreation Center, 3033 Steam Mill Road, 31907
    -Dinglewood Park, 1660 13th Street, 31901
    -Oxbow Meadows Environmental Learning Center, 3535 South Lumpking Road, 31903
    You can also take your gift wrapping paper and gift boxes to one of the following recycling drop-off sites throughout the holidays:
    -Welcome Center, 1751 Williams Road, Columbus, 31909
    -Cooper Creak Park, 4816 Milgen Road, Columbus, 31907
    -Schatulga Road, 7160 Sacerdote Lane, Columbus, 31907
    -#25, 22nd Avenue (Off Victory Drive), Columbus, 31903
  • Decatur, GA - Christmas Tree Recycling from Tuesday, Dec. 27, 2016, through Saturday, Jan. 7, 2017 City of Decatur residents can drop off live Christmas trees at the annual "Bring One for the Chipper" event at the Agnes Scott College parking lot between 184 and 206 S. Candler St. Please do not leave Christmas trees anywhere else on the Agnes Scott campus. For more information about solid waste and recycling services, call 404-377-5571, Monday through Friday, 7:30 am to 4 pm.
  • Dekalb County - residents of the county who receive trash service from the county Public Works (not a city or private agency) may dispose of their Christmas tree curbside if the tree is less than four feet tall (or cut in half so both halves are less than 4 ft). Trees should be placed at the curb according to the schedule for yard debris pick-up. All decorations and lights must be removed before disposing of the tree. KOCB chipper 16
  • Effingham County - Curbside collection in January
  • Forsyth County -
    Home Depot - 1000 Market Place Boulevard, Accepting trees only January 5, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m., Please, no trees at this site after 4 p.m. on January 5.
    Home Depot - 2635 Peachtree Parkway. Accepting trees only January 5, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Please, no trees at this site after 4 p.m. on January 5
    Vickery Creek Elementary School - 6280 Post Road. Accepting trees December 26 through January 5, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Please, no trees at this site after 4 p.m. on January 5.
    Tolbert Street Recycling Convenience Center - 351 Tolbert Street,Phone: 770-781-2176, open Monday to Saturday, 7:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. . Accepting trees December 26 through January 26.
    Old Atlanta Recycling Convenience Center - 3678 Old Atlanta Road, Phone: 770-205-3010, open Monday to Saturday, 7:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. Accepting trees December 26 through January 26.
    Coal Mountain Recycling Convenience Center - 3560 Settingdown Road. Phone: 770-781-2071, open Monday to Saturday, 7:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.  Accepting trees December 26 through January 26.
    Click here for locations, updated information and more details.
  • Fulton County - residents of the county who receive trash service from the county Public Works (not a city or private agency) may dispose of their Christmas tree curbside if the tree is less than four feet tall (or cut in half so both halves are less than 4 ft). Trees should be placed at the curb according to the schedule for yard debris pick-up. All decorations and lights must be removed before disposing of the tree.
  • Gainesville, GA - Jan. 10 - "Bring One for the Chipper" and get some free mulch at the Hall County Recycling Center starting Jan. 10th. Residents may drop off Christmas trees (devoid of decorations) at any of the 13 Hall County compactor sites or the Recycling Center at 1008 Chestnut Street, Gainesville. City of Gainesville residents may leave their trees at curbside. Oakwood city residents may drop off their Christmas trees for recycling on the vacant lot next to the mulch pile on the corner of Allen Street and Railroad Street. Tree will be chipped into mulch or used as fish habitat. Mulch will be made available to all beginning the week of Jan. 10 at the Hall County Recycling Center. Residents vehicles will be loaded free from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday while supply lasts.  For more information call Hall County Public Information Officer Nikki Young at 770-297-5504.
  • Macon, GA - In exchange for dropping off your Christmas tree for recyling, Keep Macon-Bibb Beautiful (KMBB) will give you a bag of mulch and tree sapling. KMBB's drop-off location for trees will be in the empty lot next to the Burger King on Riverside Drive, on January 7 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Oconee County - Residents can take trees to either Harris Shoals Park or to Home Depot
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  • Roswell, GA - Bring One for the Chipper on January 7, 2017 from 9 am to 4:00 pm. Keep Roswell Beautiful is proud to host the annual Bring One for the Chipper Christmas tree recycling event. This past January, around 11,000 trees were recycled at the Home Depots on Woodstock Road in Roswell and on Holcomb Bridge Road in east Roswell. Recycling Christmas trees is sustainability in action. Not only does it keep those thousands of trees out of our landfills, it also saves taxpayers the cost of tree collection and disposal. And, thanks to Davey Tree Experts, the mulch generated from "treecycling" is FREE for any takers. While not double processed like "A" grade shredded mulch that you can purchase at nurseries and garden centers, recycled tree mulch is perfect for nature trails; large, areas of exposed soil; playgrounds; or as a base for landscape beds. So if you and your family are "real Christmas tree" enthusiasts, why not make plans to Bring One for the Chipper once you've taken the decorations down. It's the best way to get the most use out of your tree. If you would like to volunteer to help at one of our two (2) Roswell locations, click here or contact us at info@keeproswellbeautiful.org.
  • Savannah, GA - The Savannah /Hilton Head International is sponsoring Bring One for the Chipper tree recycling from December 26 through January 7. This is the third year the airport has participated in the recycling program, which has been a holiday tradition in Georgia for more than 20 years and is the largest tree recycling program in the nation. The drop off site is located at the airport recycle lot on Aggett Drive. Residents are asked to remove all lights, string, wire, metal hooks, nails, ornaments, tinsel, fake snow and bags before dropping off trees. While there, they can also drop off holiday wrapping paper and cardboard in the nearby recycling container. The recycle lot is conveniently open to area residents year-round. Recycled trees will be ground into mulch to provide ground cover that reduces soil erosion, and conserves water in landscaping at the airport. Some of the trees will also be used in the numerous airport lake and pond habitats.
  • Valdosta, GA - Bring One for the Chipper, Saturday, January 7, 2017, from 9 am to 2 pm. Trees may be dropped off at the following sites, and you receive a free tree seedling (while supplies last):
    The Home Depot, at 1825 Norman Drive
    Wal-Mart Super Center, at 3274 Inner Perimeter Road
    Mathis Auditorium, at 2300 N. Ashley Street
    Call KLVB at 229-671-3698 for more information.


 

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