Thomasville Hosts Christmas Tree Recycling

| December 31, 2015

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THOMASVILLE – As part of a statewide effort to recycle and reuse Christmas trees, and in conjunction with Keep Georgia Beautiful, City of Thomasville Utilities will be participating in the Georgia Department of Community Affairs’ “Bring One for the Chipper,” Christmas tree recycling program. Citizens can bring their undecorated, live Christmas trees to the recycling facility at the intersection of West Remington Avenue and Stevens Street, between 8:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m., Saturday, January 9, 2016.

“This event is great opportunity to give these trees a second life, while also promoting environmental conservation and sustainability,” said Director of Solid Waste and Landfill Nate Tyler. “And, to make it as easy as possible on our citizens, we’ll have staff on-site to help unload trees from their vehicles.”

Christmas trees can also be dropped off at the recycling facility on Remington Avenue, by the Butler-Mason YMCA, any time prior to January 9. Citizens with Yard Trimmings pick-up service also have the option of placing their trees at the curb, as the Solid Waste Department will be performing a special pick-up for them between now and January 9th.

“It’s important to make sure that you have removed all lights, wires and decorations from the trees that you’re dropping off,” said Tyler. “If you chose to place your Christmas tree at the curb, please do not place it in the same spot with your regular yard trimmings.”

“Also, make sure you do not place your tree down in a ditch or on the street where it can cause safety issues,” he added.

Since 1991, “Bring One for the Chipper” has collected and recycled approximately six million trees. The mulch from these trees has been used for playgrounds, local government beautification projects and individual yards.

Tyler also stated that the recycling facility across from the Boys and Girls Club is a great resource for landscaping and gardening.

“We provide free mulch and wood chips, year-round at our Remington Avenue-Stevens Street recycling facility,” he said. “This helps us to repurpose and recycle the limbs and trees which are pruned as a part of maintaining our aerial utilities.”

For more information about the “Bring One for the Chipper” event, call Customer Care at 227-7001.

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