Savannah’s annual Christmas tree recycling event, Bring One for the Chipper, will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Jan. 9 at various locations. Christmas tree mulch will be used by the city for parks and neighborhood beautification projects throughout Savannah.
Undecorated trees can be dropped off for free at the following places:
• Bacon Park Transfer Station at 6400 Shorty Cooper Road (drop off also accepted prior to Saturday)
• Dean Forest Landfill at 1327 Dean Forest Road (drop off also accepted prior to Saturday)
• The Home Depot at 11180 Abercorn St.
• The Home Depot at Victory Drive
• The Home Depot at Pooler Parkway
Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport is sponsoring its own “Bring One for the Chipper” tree recycling through Thursday. This is the second year the airport has participated in the recycling program. The drop off site is at the airport recycle lot on Aggett Drive.
Residents are asked to remove all lights, string, wire, metal hooks, nails, ornaments, tinsel, fake snow and bags before dropping off trees. Recycled trees will be ground into mulch to provide ground cover for landscaping at the airport.
Bring One for the Chipper has been a holiday tradition in Georgia for more than 20 years and is the largest tree recycling program in the nation. Savannah’s event is sponsored by the city, Keep Savannah Beautiful, Georgia Power and Home Depot.
If you can get your tree to the designated sites, you can participate. You don’t have to be a Savannah resident.
Saturday participants can pick up mulch for themselves when they bring a tree for recycling.
“There will be bags available; you can take some home,” said Keep Savannah Beautiful coordinator Nathaniel Glover.
Unlike in previous years, participants won’t get seedlings or seeds.
“What happens with the chipper is the trees are chipped up and the mulch is used in city parks,” Glover said. “It goes a long way in helping us meet that need.”
The program attracted 1,789 trees last year. “Bring One for the Chipper” was started in the Atlanta area in 1987 and went statewide in 1990. Since its inception, the program has recycled four million Christmas trees.
If you forget, or can’t make it to a chipper, Christmas trees are accepted for curbside pickup along with other yard waste in both Savannah and unincorporated Chatham County.
“The trees will be mulched and then our customers can come and pick them up again,” said Chatham County environmental program coordinator David Nash.
In Savannah, yard waste pickup is on the fourth week of the month, the day following your regular trash pickup. Make sure the tree is stripped of decorations. It needn’t be bagged, but if it is, use only paper bags.
Chatham County accepts Christmas trees and other yard waste at the following places year-round:
• Wilmington Island Drop-Off Center at 7022 Concord Road from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mon-Sat. and noon-5 p.m. Sun.
• Sharon Park Drop-Off Center at 50 Kelly Hill Road from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tues.-Sat.
• Chevis Road Drop-Off Center at 610 Chevis Road from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tues.-Sat.