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Recycle Christmas trees, FOG, and fluorescent lights at ‘Chipper’ event

December 21, 2015

Bring One for the ChipperRecycle your Christmas tree, fluorescent bulbs, as well as fats, oils and grease (FOG) by taking them to The Home Depot parking lot at 5950 State Bridge Rd. in Johns Creek on Saturday, Jan. 2. 

FOG and fluorescent lights will be collected from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and trees will be recycled from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Please remove electric lights, tinsel and ornaments from the tree, and make sure your tree has not been flocked, or sprayed with fake snow.

As part of the statewide "Bring One for the Chipper" program, the recycling effort helps keep trees out of landfills and the mulch can 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 Expert Co. at 770-451-7911. Since 1991, "Bring One for the Chipper" has collected millions of trees for beneficial reuse.

Fats, oils and grease from cooking should not be poured down sinks or drains. The can clog pipes and cause nasty backups in homes and neighborhoods.

Fluorescent tubes and curly compact fluorescent bulbs contain mercury, which lingers in the environment for years. Keep Johns Creek Beautiful has special equipment that destroys the lights and stores the material and gases for recovery later by a certified fluorescent-light recycling firm.

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, Earth911.com, and The Davey Tree Expert Company.

For more information, visit Keep Johns Creek Beautiful's website or call 770-551-7766.

Who: City of Johns Creek, Keep North Fulton Beautiful
What: Christmas tree, FOG and fluorescent bulb recycling
Where: The Home Depot parking lot, 5950 State Bridge Road
Where: Jan. 2, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Cost: Free