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Recycle your Christmas tree

December 27, 2004

Valdosta - Now that Christmas is over, its time to start taking down the decorations and getting rid of your Christmas trees. But don't toss that tree in the garbage just yet.

These Christmas trees were picked over this year and should be on their way to the landfill. "The gentleman who owns this lot, I was able to persuade him to let me come and get them," said Aaron Strickland.

But Keep Lowndes/Valdosta Beautiful Director Aaron Strickland is putting them to good use. "So far there's been well over two million trees recycled since this program started," said Strickland.

It's time for the fourteenth annual "Bring One For the Chipper." On January 8th, these trees will be transformed into mulch for city and county parks. "It's a two fold event because it keeps the volume of waste down at the landfill and it saves the city and county a little bit of money on mulch," said Strickland.

Last year about 1,000 trees were recycled in Lowndes County, and this year, they're shooting for more. "I'm hoping to get around 2,000," said Strickland.

You can drop your tree off at Home Depot, Mathis Auditorium, Super Wal-Mart on Perimeter Road and the city of Hahira site at the corner of Lawson and North Lowndes streets between now and January 8th. People who bring in a tree between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. on January 8th will get a free dogwood seedling.

posted at 3:45 P.M. by ashley.harper@walb.com