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Christmas tree recycling program adds electronics, clothing, and more

December 29, 2014

ChipperThe Christmas tree recycling program, "Bring One for the Chipper," is expanding to accept electronics, cardboard, clothing, cooking oil, and fluorescent bulbs on the drop-off day, Saturday, Jan. 3, 2015 at The Home Depot, 5950 State Bridge Rd.

Residents can deposit their Christmas trees and other approved items to be recycled between 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Please remove decorations and lights before dropping off trees.

"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 their old electronics. In addition, there is an opportunity to donate clothing to charity, and to recycle used cooking oil."

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 by contacting Davey Tree at 770-451-7911. Since 1991, "Bring One for the Chipper," has collected over 6 million trees for beneficial reuse.

The local event, sponsored by the City of Johns Creek and Keep Johns Creek Beautiful, is part of a statewide recycling effort by Keep Georgia Beautiful and the Georgia Department of Community Affairs. Statewide corporate sponsors are The Home Depot, 11Alive, Earth 911.com, and The Davey Tree Expert Company.

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
  • Clothing, shoes (will donated to charity)
  • Fluorescent tubes
  • Used cooking oil
Please do not bring:
  • Items containing freon, mercury, or household hazardous waste
For more information, contact Keep Johns Creek Beautiful at 770-551-7766.

What:  "Bring One for the Chipper" – The Christmas tree recycling program now includes electronics and clothing.
When:  Jan. 3, 2015 between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m.
Where:  The Home Depot, 5950 State Bridge Rd.
Who:  The City of Johns Creek and Keep Johns Creek Beautiful