ATLANTA -- Keep Georgia Beautiful, The Home Depot, The Davey Tree Company, and 11Alive want to "chip" in and help you get your house back in order after the Christmas holidays. We have made at least one household decision free, easy and eco-friendly during this holiday season.
Bring One for the Chipper, the state's annual Christmas tree recycling program, invites Georgia residents to bring their trees to local drop-off centers on Saturday, January 5, 2013 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
"For 22 years, Georgia citizens have enthusiastically supported our Bring One for the Chipper program. Many families view the trip to the drop-off center as an annual holiday tradition that promotes the kind of responsibility necessary in a sustainable community," said Sarah Visser, Executive Director of the Keep Georgia Beautiful Foundation.
Christmas tree recycling programs like Chipper support eco-friendly holiday efforts that have a greater influence. According to the National Christmas Tree Association, 98% of real Christmas trees are grown on farms throughout all 50 states and Canada. Real trees are a renewable, recyclable resource. On average, for each tree harvested, three seedlings are planted in its place. An estimated 40-45 million Christmas trees are planted annually throughout North America absorbing carbon dioxide, producing oxygen and supporting local economies.
Chipper trees will be recycled into mulch for playgrounds, public beautification projects, wildlife habitat and homeowner landscaping projects. Mulched landscapes help absorb runoff and prevent erosion during times of heavy rainfall.
"Chipper also provides a great opportunity for parents to talk to their children about the importance of caring for the environment. Georgia residents are encouraged to support their local Keep Georgia Beautiful affiliate or participating organization and get involved in environmental projects year round. Our children are never too young to learn about caring for our beautiful state," added Visser.
Event sponsors Keep Georgia Beautiful, The Home Depot, The Davey Tree Company, and 11Alive, are projected to donate money and in-kind services valued at $200,000 for the statewide recycling project. Since 1991, "Bring One for the Chipper," has collected over 5.9 million trees for beneficial reuse.
For drop-off locations by zip code, visit www.KeepGeorgiaBeautiful.org. For more information about Bring One for the Chipper, call (404) 679-1580.