FORSYTH COUNTY -- Keep Forsyth County Beautiful’s annual “Bring One for the Chipper” Christmas tree recycling event collected more than 5,500 trees, according to officials.
The trees were gathered at various sites around the county for several weeks after Christmas. At the sites, they were processed into wood chips.
Since the beginning of the program in 1994, the local effort has recycled more than 85,000 trees.
Tammy Wright, the county’s environmental program manager, extended thanks for chipping services to several partners of the program, including Davey Tree Service, Sawnee EMC and the county roads and bridges department.
In addition, she thanked volunteers of the program who donated time and leadership at the recycling locations, and all those who participated in the effort.
Some of the groups who volunteered included Forsyth County Master Gardeners and Master Naturalists and 4-H Club members.
Free wood chips from the event are still available, while supplies last, to Forsyth residents. The chips may be picked up on a first-come, first-serve basis at the roads and bridges facility, 4140 County Way in north Forsyth.
The quantity and availability of the chips are expected to vary, and residents are responsible for loading and hauling their own.