Those still looking to get rid of Christmas trees and decorations have some options for the items to be reused.
With the Christmas season officially in the past, The Place of Forsyth County is collecting used Christmas decorations for its annual Holiday House for children in need, and Keep Forsyth County Beautiful is recycling live Christmas trees as part of its annual “Bring one for the chipper” event.
“We will be giving them to families that qualify to receive Christmas gifts for their children,” said Joni Smith, executive director at The Place. “So, we’ll make the decorations available to them so they can get a Christmas tree [and] decorate their house.”
This year, the Holiday House gave gifts to about 2,100 children in Forsyth County and also had decorations available for their parents.
Smith said the group is accepting lights, artificial trees under six feet tall and household decorations.
Donations can be made behind The Place’s thrift store at 2550 The Place Circle in Cumming during regular business hours. The store will be closed on New Year’s Day.
For those wanting to get rid of live Christmas trees, six local locations will be accepting them to be made into wood chips — available to county residents.
Home Depot locations at 1000 Market Place Boulevard and 2635 Peachtree Pkwy., and Vickery Elementary School will accept trees through Jan. 6.
Recycling convenience centers at 351 Tolbert Street, 3678 Old Atlanta Road and 3560 Settingdown Road will accept the trees until Jan. 27.
Those centers will be closed on New Year’s Day and on Jan. 15 for Martin Luther King Jr. Day.