Cherokee plans events to recycle Christmas trees
by Michelle Babcock
December 25, 2013 11:01 PM | 2140 views | 0 0 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend | print
As Christmas celebrations wind down, officials are asking residents to bring their used Christmas tree to one of many “Bring one for the chipper” events across the county.
As Christmas celebrations wind down, officials are asking residents to bring their used Christmas tree to one of many “Bring one for the chipper” events across the county.
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As Christmas celebrations wind down, officials are asking residents to bring their used Christmas tree to one of many “Bring one for the chipper” events across the county.

Chris Heim, a local tree expert with Davey Tree, said bring-ing trees to the event helps to pre-serve limited landfill space and enhance the community. Last year’s event brought in 164,806 trees.

“Of those, 160,462 were recycled into mulch by wood chippers for playgrounds, city and county landscaping projects and individual homeowner use, 2,586 trees were sunk into lakes across the state to provide fish habitats, and 2,063 were used for fuel or other uses,” Heim said.

Since the program began 20 years ago, Heim said 5.9 million trees have been recycled. Bring One for the Chipper events will take place across the county, in three locations.

Boling Park in Canton, at 1098 Marietta Highway, will be accepting trees for the event on Jan. 4 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The Holly Springs Fire Station will participate from Dec. 26 through Jan. 5, and is at 100 Hickory Circle in Holly Springs.

There will also be an event at Olde Rope Mill Park on Jan. 4 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., at 690 Rope Mill Road in Woodstock. There will be hot choc-olate and

coffee, along with free see-dlings and seed packets for people to take home.

The Cherokee County Parks Division is also accepting tree drop-offs after Christmas at Hobgood Park in Woodstock, separate from the statewide event.

Michael Brantley, Cherokee County parks division director, said the drop-off event runs for about a week and a half after Christmas, and mulch from the trees will go to parks across the county.

“We chip the trees up about two weeks after everybody is finished and then we use that in the parks for playgrounds, erosion control, that sort of stuff,” Brantley said.

Hobgood Park is at 6688 Bells Ferry Road in Woodstock.

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