As Atlantans gaze upon their beautifully bedecked live Christmas trees over the days to come, it might be hard to consider what happens to that tree once all the presents have been opened and the last holiday carols have been sung. But, thanks to Keep America Beautiful affiliates like Gwinnett Clean & Beautiful (GC&B), that decision is an easy one. By dropping off their live Christmas tree at a designated collection site, Atlantans can breathe new life into that once magical addition to their holiday décor. Marking one of the largest “treecycling” events in Georgia, Gwinnett County’s Bring One for the Chipper transforms live Christmas trees into mulch – which will soon line the pathways and flower beds of local Gwinnett County parks. With the help of its partners at Jackson EMC, Walton EMC, and the Gwinnett County Departments of Transportation, Parks & Recreation and Fire, GC&B will collect live trees between December 26, 2023 and January 24, 2024 at select fire stations throughout the county. They will then be transported to Lawrenceville’s Bethesda Park for Bring One for the Chipper 2024 on Saturday, January 27, 2024.
“Bring One for the Chipper has become an annual tradition for countless families – whether dropping off their trees, volunteering at the event, or both,” said Schelly Marlatt, Executive Director of Gwinnett Clean & Beautiful. “While the collection of trees is a service that we are honored to offer our neighbors throughout Gwinnett County, we’re happy to open it up to other metro Atlantans who happen to be in the area with their live Christmas trees in tow. The main purpose of this undertaking is to divert as many live Christmas trees from the landfill as possible. Instead of decomposing slowly, they will find a new, immediate purpose of beautifying our local parks, enhancing their enjoyment by our local residents and visitors – young and old.”
To be accepted for treecycling, live Christmas trees must be free of lights, tinsel, decorations, and tree stands. Artificial trees will not be accepted at Bring One for the Chipper 2024 drop-off sites, which include:
During last year’s Bring One for the Chipper event, GC&B collected and chipped live trees into more than 21 tons of mulch. Anyone who wants to volunteer for the Bring One for the Chipper 2024 event on Saturday, January 27, from 7:30-11 a.m. must be 14 years of age or older. They can include individuals and families, school clubs, civic groups, companies, and neighborhood associations. To volunteer, interested parties must register online at Volunteer Gwinnett – Gwinnett | Gwinnett County. Questions may be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org or 770-822-5187.
About Gwinnett Clean & Beautiful: Gwinnett Clean & Beautiful Services, Inc. (GC&B) is a Keep America Beautiful affiliate and award-winning 501(c)(3) charitable organization. It boasts an expansive community-based network dedicated to finding long-term solutions to environmental and quality-of-life issues through individual action. The organization is guided by a Citizens Advisory Board that represents all sectors of the Gwinnett County community. A nationally recognized leader in creating cleaner, greener, and more livable communities throughout Gwinnett, GCB involves more than 100,000 volunteers annually to clean and restore public places, recycle more, protect watersheds, and develop the next generation of environmental stewards. To learn more about Gwinnett Clean & Beautiful and its mission of “Connecting People and Resources for a Sustainable Gwinnett,” please visit www.GwinnettCB.org. To stay connected to GC&B, Gwinnett County neighbors are invited to join the organization’s growing base of supporters on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, and Twitter.