Chipper offers tree recycling

Photo by Mark Schneider

Photo by Mark Schneider

COVINGTON -- When the gifts have been opened and the last of the eggnog has been drunk, it may be tempting to go ahead and clean up all the holiday clutter. But hold off on throwing away that Christmas tree for a few days. Bring One for the Chipper, the annual free Christmas tree recycling event, is just around the corner.

The event will take place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 8. In Newton County, residents may take live, undecorated Christmas trees to The Home Depot of Covington or any Neighborhood Recycling Center. For those who can't make it that day, the recycling center accepts trees on an ongoing basis. City of Covington residents may leave trees at their curbs to be recycled.

Trees will be mulched and made available for citizens throughout the coming year at the Newton County Landfill and Covington Recycling Center, according to a press release issued by Keep Covington-Newton Beautiful. In years past, residents who participated have received seedlings, but due to budget cuts, that likely won't happen this year.

Keep Conyers Rockdale Beautiful is not participating in the Bring One for the Chipper program this year. However, the county's Recycling Center accepts woody yard waste, including Christmas trees, which is turned into mulch and available free of charge. In Rockdale County, residents can drop off their trees at the Rockdale County Recycling Center, located at 1200 Sigman Road, between Milstead Road and Renaissance Way.

The Recycling Center will be closed Saturday and open for normal hours 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday. The center is open on Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Statewide sponsors include The Home Depot, The Davey Tree Expert Company, WXIA-TV and the Ferry-Morse Seed Company. For more information, call Keep Covington/Newton Beautiful at 770-784-2015 or send e-mail to newtonclean@co.newton.ga.us.

Additional information on the Bring One for the Chipper program and drop off locations can be found at www.keepgeorgiabeautiful.org.

Citizen News Editor Jay Jones contributed to this story.