County residents will soon have the opportunity to safely and smartly get rid of their real Christmas trees through the Keep Oconee County Beautiful Commission’s “Bring One for the Chipper” disposal drive. 

KOCBC will staff the Epps Bridge Home Depot and Harris Shoals Park collection sites on Saturday, Jan. 9 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. There will be designated signage at each location.

Anybody who wants to drop off a tree prior to Jan. 9 should remove all decorations, lights and stands before placing it in the designated area.

The commission takes part in this effort as part of the statewide initiative to recycle Christmas trees. The Oconee Lions Club helps staff the park location, and the Georgia Forestry Commission partners with KOCBC to provide saplings for tree donors. Donors will be given either white oak or dogwood saplings, as well as a limited amount of garden seeds.

Once trees are received, some are used for fish and land animal habitats, while others are used for mulch. County residents can make arrangements with the Road Department to get mulch. 

KOCBC director Cindy Pritchard emphasized the importance of the multiple possible uses for recycled trees. 

“It just completes the cycle of the tree that is grown to be used and returned back to the environment,” she said. 

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