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Forsyth County News

How to recycle

• From Monday through Jan. 28, Christmas trees can be dropped off for recycling from 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays at Forsyth County’s three convenience centers.

Please note, however, the centers will be closed Jan. 2 and 16 in observance of national holidays.

The addresses are: 351 Tolbert St.; 3678 Old Atlanta Road; and 3560 Settingdown Road.

• From 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Jan. 7, trees will be taken up at the following locations: Home Depot, 1000 Market Place Blvd.; Home Depot, 2635 Peachtree Pkwy.; and Vickery Creek Elementary School, 6280 Post Road.

Do not drop trees at these locations after 4 p.m. Jan. 7.

• To pick up mulch, visit or call KFCB at (770) 205-4573.

• Wood chips are also available for county residents near the Forsyth County Roads and Bridges facility on County Way.

Those interested are responsible for loading and hauling their own wood chips.

Keep Forsyth County Beautiful offers several options for Christmas tree recycling, including the annual "Bring One for the Chipper" event.

Starting Monday, the county’s three recycling convenience centers will accept trees most days through Jan. 28.

Chippers will also be out at other locations on Jan. 7, turning trees into mulch in honor of the annual state event in which Forsyth County has participated since 1994.

Residents recycled more than 6,000 trees last year and more than 70,000 trees over the years.

The number has increased each year, said Tammy Wright, director of Keep Forsyth County Beautiful.

She explained that the mulch from the chipped trees can be used to cover walking trails or help plants retain moisture.

Recycling is also the best way to dispose of the live trees, Wright said.

"By state law, you are not supposed to put green waste in a lined landfill," she said. "It will eventually decompose, but that particular kind of tree doesn’t decompose very quickly."

During the event, volunteers will help get the trees ready to go in the chippers. Wright encouraged residents to remove the ornaments beforehand.

On Jan. 7, tree seedlings from the Georgia Forestry Commission will also be available on a first come, first serve basis.

The seedlings continue the life cycle and provide an incentive for those dropping off a Christmas tree to come back, Wright said.

"It’s just a part of what [KFCB] does in general," she added. "Any kind of greenery that you can add or plant in the county just adds to the beauty of it."