As Christmas trees come down, local communities are asking for donations of the old trees so they can be ground into mulch.
In Hall County, 12 compactor sites and the Hall County Recycling Center on Chestnut Street in Gainesville will accept undecorated trees through Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2021. Artificial trees will not be accepted.
City of Gainesville residents and City of Flowery Branch residents can leave their trees curbside for pick-up by their respective cities, while Oakwood residents can drop off their trees at the vacant lot at the corner of Allen and Railroad Streets. The Oakwood collection site will be open through Saturday, Jan. 16, 2021.
"After the trees are collected, the trees will be turned into mulch, therefore, keeping the trees out of the Hall County Landfill," said Hall County Resource Recovery Supervisor Bobby Purdum. “Mulch generated from the trees will be available at the Hall County Landfill free of charge Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., weather permitting, beginning Jan. 4, 2021.”
Gwinnett Clean & Beautiful said dozens of locations are currently accepting undecorated trees across Gwinnett County. Live, undecorated trees are being accepted at the Gwinnett County locations through Jan. 25, 2021.
"We love the role that Bring One for the Chipper plays in extending the magic of Christmas,” said Schelly Marlatt, Executive Director for GCB. “It is perhaps one of the best examples of our mission of Connecting People and Resources for a Sustainable Gwinnett. Instead of taking up space in our landfills where live Christmas trees may take decades to decompose, trees that are ‘tree-cycled’ on January 30 will be given a new life right here in our community."
In Gwinnett County, volunteers assist with the collection after the trees have been dropped off at the various sites.
To read more about tree collection events going on across the state, follow this link