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December 28, 2005

Valdosta - You could call it the Christmas tree graveyard. "They can bring the trees in anytime between now and January 7th and drop them off," said Aaron Strickland, Director of Keep Lowndes/Valdosta Beautiful.

Dying Christmas trees are piling up at locations throughout Valdosta and Lowndes County for the annual "Bring One for the Chipper" event.  Trees can be dumped for the next week and a half and on January 7th, they'll be chipped into a useful product for the city. "For the past several years, that mulch has gone out to one of the local parks here," said Strickland.

It saves the city money on landscaping, and also helps the environment by saving space in our landfill. "The landfill we're currently using is going to get full, we're going to have to start another one, and its going to just be another big hole full of garbage," said Strickland.

Dougherty County's tree recycling program was canceled this year because of a lack of participation, but that isn't the case here. About 30 trees are already piled up at Mathis City Auditorium, and this is just one drop off location.  "We're off to a good start this year and we always have a good turnout," said Strickland.  "Last year we collected a little over 1,200 trees and in the last five years, a little over 5,400."

And from the looks of the drop off sites around town, this year's event just may turn out to be the biggest yet.

Christmas trees can be dropped off at Super Wal-Mart on Inner Perimeter Road, Home Depot, or the Lowndes County recycling centers.  There's also a drop off location at the corner of Lawson and North Lowndes Streets in Hahira.

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