Milton Grows Green hosts annual ‘Bring One for the Chipper’

Three truckloads of mulch were collected last year

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MILTON, Ga. —Milton Grows Green is once again encouraging residents to drop off Christmas trees to be recycled in its Bring One for the Chipper program.

Christmas trees may be dropped off from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Freemanville Road entrance to Milton High School on Saturday, Jan. 5.

“It’s a way to keep stuff out of the landfills,” said Jack Lindon, committee co-chairman for Milton Grows Green.

Scottsdale Farms at 15639 Birmingham Highway is participating by taking trees from Dec. 26 through Jan. 5, but will be closed on Jan. 1. Area Home Depot stores are also taking Christmas tree donations.

Those who can’t make these drop-offs are encouraged to contact Boy Scout Troop 841 to pick up Christmas trees from residents’ homes for a $10 donation.

Christmas trees aren’t allowed in landfills in Georgia. The mulch produced from grinding up the donated trees will be used at government facilities such as area schools. Crabapple Crossing Elementary School will be receiving some of the mulch.

“The mulch helps prevent erosion,” said Cindy Eade, sustainability coordinator for the city of Milton.

A group of volunteers will process all the trees donated. Casey Tree Experts provides the chipper and three staff members.

Arborist Todd Harkleroad oversees the program for the company.

“Last year, about 800 trees [were donated] not including [the ones from] Home Depot,” Harkleroad said. “That equated to about three truckloads of mulch.”

Besides members of Milton Grows Green and employees from Casey Tree Experts, other volunteers will include the Rotary Club of Alpharetta and the Young Men’s Service Guild.

Rotary International has a tree planting program. This year, the Rotary Club of Alpharetta will give away 500 redbud trees to those dropping off Christmas trees at area Home Depot stores, Milton High School and Scottsdale Farms.

Harkleroad recommends that these redbuds be planted within a week.

Bring One for the Chipper is a part of the Keep Georgia Beautiful program, which is part of nationwide organization Keep America Beautiful.

Communities around the country will be participating in Bring One for the Chipper on Jan. 5.

Nearly six million trees have been recycled in Georgia since this program began 20 years ago.