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Johns Creek Christmas tree recycling Jan. 5
Recycle your telephones, cell phones, batteries

by Hatcher Hurd

January 02, 2013

JOHNS CREEK, GA. The Christmas tree recycling program, "Bring One for the Chipper," is expanding with the city of Johns Creek and Keep Johns Creek Beautiful agreeing to accept electronics and cardboard on the drop-off day, Saturday, Jan. 5, at The Home Depot, 5950 State Bridge Road. Hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

This year old lights, decorations, and ornaments will be accepted for recycling, as well, as long as they have already been taken off the tree.

"Traditionally, this has been about recycling Christmas trees, but our electronics recycling days are among our more popular events," said Johns Creek Solid Waste Manager James Swope. "We thought that a lot of people would be getting new electronic gadgets, and this offers people an environmentally safe way to recycle of their old electronics. So we're doing Christmas trees and electronics."

Trees will be chipped into mulch by The Davey Tree Expert Company. The mulch will be used for playgrounds, public beautification projects, wildlife habitat and homeowner landscaping projects. Mulch is available free to the public upon request.

Keep Georgia Beautiful and the Georgia Department of Community Affairs join corporate sponsors The Home Depot, 11Alive, Earth 911.com, and The Davey Tree Expert Company to sponsor the statewide Christmas tree recycling program.

Since 1991, more than 5.9 million trees have been mulched as part of the "Bring One for the Chipper."

In addition to Christmas trees, residents can drop off:

Computers, monitors, printers, laptops, keyboards, mice, cords and wires

Televisions ($10 per TV, $25 for 35-inch screens or bigger and projection TVs), stereos, fax machines, copiers

Cell phones, telephones, batteries, and cardboard

Please do not bring:

Items containing Freon, mercury, or household hazardous waste

Traditional or CFL light bulbs. or liquids

For more information, contact Kathy Reed at Keep Johns Creek Beautiful at 770-551-7766