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Officials kick-off 'Bring One for the Chipper'

Once again, area residents are being asked to dispose of their live Christmas trees in an environmentally responsible way.

Keep Georgia Beautiful is conducting its annual "Bring One for the Chipper" Campaign to give residents a green alternative to trashing their live Christmas trees, according to officials with Keep Georgia Beautiful. The Keep America Beautiful affiliate, in partnership with the Georgia Department of Community Affairs, will host a tree recycling program throughout the state Saturday.

"We don't need all these trees in the landfill, and we could use the mulch, which is a good additive to people's yards," said Edie Yongue, executive director of Keep Forest Park Beautiful.

The local affiliate of Keep Georgia Beautiful, in conjunction with the City of Forest Park, will play host to tree recycling at The Home Depot stores throughout Clayton County. Yongue said Saturday's tree recycling event will be held from 9 a.m., until 4 p.m., at stores in Morrow, Riverdale, Lovejoy, and Forest Park. She added there are also collection sites at area schools.

The executive director added that free vegetable and flower seed packets will be given to those who recycle their Christmas trees, while supplies last.

Bring One for the Chipper, Yongue noted, has recycled some 5 million Christmas trees since its inception, using the leftover tree mulch for playgrounds, local government beautification projects, and individual yards.

"Some of these trees will be used in area lakes for fish habitation," she added. "And it keeps it off the roadside."

Residents also will be able to drop off the live Christmas trees for recycling all day Saturday at The Home Depot McDonough Store, according to the store's manager, Nancy Buttermore.

Buttermore said donors will receive a free seed packet, while supplies last, when they recycle their live Christmas tree. Volunteers will be on hand to help unload trees.

To locate a live Christmas tree recycling drop-off site, visit Earth's 911 online, at www.earth911.com. Residents are reminded to take ornaments and lights off their trees before they send them to be recycled.