LIBERTY COUNTY, GEORGIA, — In collaboration with the Keep Georgia Beautiful Foundation, The Home Depot, Davey Tree Expert Company, Georgia Forestry Commission, WXIA 11 Alive, Ferry Morse Company, and Burpee Seed Company, Keep Liberty Beautiful recycled over 402 Christmas trees on Saturday, January 9, 2021, during its annual Bring One for the Chipper event, joining the over 6 million trees that have been diverted from landfills statewide since the program’s inception in 1991.
“January 9, 2021, was a great day that Liberty County was able to give back to the environment,” said Dr. Karen Bell, executive director of Keep Liberty Beautiful. “Bring One For The Chipper gave new life to Christmas trees that normally would fill our landfills but now will go on to serve our community. We also were able to recycle 228 electronics and 381 tires. We gave away 120 trees and 850 flower or vegetable seed packets. We had 161 Liberty County residents visit or volunteer during the event. We are so excited about how the Bring One For The Chipper turnout and look forward to next year!”
The trees will be recycled into mulch for playgrounds, city and county landscaping projects, and individual home use. They will also be used to provide habitats for fish and other animals. In addition, Christmas tree recycling programs like Bring One for the Chipper support wider eco-friendly holiday efforts. According to the National Christmas Tree Association, for each tree harvested, one to three seedlings are planted in its place. Nearly 350 million Christmas trees currently grow on U.S. farms, absorbing carbon dioxide, emitting fresh oxygen, stabilizing soil, protecting water supplies, and providing refuge for wildlife.
“We all benefit from living in cleaner, greener spaces,” said Natalie Johnston-Russell, executive director of the Keep Georgia Beautiful Foundation. “Bring One for the Chipper allows communities to extend the magic of the holiday season and transform their trees into something bigger. We’re thankful for the volunteers and participants across the state that make this possible.”