By: Laura-Jane Hatcher (WRGA News)
As the Holiday season draws to a close, people everywhere begin the sad trek to the curb, dragging their loyal, seasonal friend the Christmas Tree to the edge of the street to be picked up as trash.
There is an alternative, however, provided by the nonprofit Keep Rome/Floyd Beautiful. On January 5th, they will hold “Bring One for the Chipper,” an event which recycles your Christmas tree for the beauty and good of Georgia. According to Mary Hardin Thorton of the local organization, the trees could be used for mulch, fuel or even sunk into area lakes to create fish habitats.
“Last year, statewide, over 164,000 trees were collected and, then they’re saying that 24,000 were sunk into lakes to provide fish habitats. I’m pretty sure a lot of that happened right around here,” she said. “And since we’ve had this program, we’ve had about 5.9 million Christmas trees recycled and diverted from landfills. That’s a really great thing we can do. If it’s natural, we need to keep it in the natural world.”
Tree recycling has been a staple in Georgia for over 20 years, Hardin went on to say, and it only takes a matter of seconds to take the tree off your hands.
Anyone can bring their Christmas tree to the Home Depot in Rome from 10am to 2pm.