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Many 'Bring One for the Chipper'

Trees still accepted through Jan. 26

POSTED: January 10, 2013 12:31 a.m.
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Holly Reeves, left, and Summer Bosley sort trees dropped off for recycling Saturday during the Bring One for the Chipper event at Home Depot in Cumming.

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Forsyth County residents again turned out in droves to recycle their real Christmas trees Saturday during the Bring One for the Chipper event.

The statewide tree recycling day included two Home Depot drop-off locations, the county’s three recycling centers and Vickery Creek Elementary School.

Keep Forsyth County Beautiful organizes the annual “chipper” effort locally, which has a large and steady following, said Tammy Wright, environmental programs manager.

“We appreciate everybody for bringing them out. It’s just a fun, easy event,” Wright said. “I think everybody’s glad to get them out of the house, and we’re just glad they bring them there instead of putting them in a landfill.”

While this year’s total hasn’t been determined, residents recycled 8,710 trees in 2012.

Though the statewide collection day has ended, trees will be accepted at the county’s three centers through Jan. 26.

Saturday, people dropping off trees were met by volunteers who helped them and handed out free saplings.

Members of the KFCB board, the Forsyth County 4-H Club, the Forsyth County Master Gardeners and local Boy Scout troops volunteered at the sites.

Also, Sawnee EMC brought a chipper to Vickery Creek Elementary School to turn the trees into mulch as recyclers dropped them off Saturday.

 

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