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Thursday, December 22, 2011

'Bring One For The Chipper' set for Jan. 7.

Volunteers will take trees at MHS, Home Depot and Scottsdale Farms.

MILTON, Ga., Dec. 21, 2011 - Get those lights off and stock up on tie downs, because Saturday, Jan. 7 the City of Milton and Milton Grows Green (MGG) will once again offer Christmas tree recycling as part of Georgia's "Bring One For The Chipper" program.

This year residents may take Christmas trees to multiple locations: Milton High School's Birmingham Road entrance, located at 13025 Birmingham Highway, and Home Depot, located at 5300 Windward Parkway, offer assisted drop-off from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Jan. 7.

Scottsdale Farms, located at 15639 Birmingham Highway (click here for directions), will offer extended drop off Dec. 26 through Jan. 7.

Additionally, Milton Boy Scout Troop 841 will pick up trees and recycle them for a donation of $10. To schedule a pick-up, e-mail treepickup841@yahoo.com.

"We appreciate the community's awareness and cooperation in getting Christmas trees to a 'mulch' better place," said Cindy Eade, Milton's sustainability coordinator. "I'd also like to thank our sponsors, Casey Tree Experts, Harry's Farmers Market and Starbucks, for making this effort possible."

Organizers are hoping to see growth similar to last year's Chipper effort. In 2011, Milton residents brought 687 trees to be chipped, which represented a more than 43 percent increase over 2010. They were used for mulch at local schools and in animal and fish habitats.

With over 20 years of treecycling in Georgia, Bring one For the Chipper is the largest event of its kind in the nation. Since 1991, 5.7 million Christmas trees have been diverted from landfills and put to a greater use.

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