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Your Christmas tree can live on

Christmas is over, and you may be wondering what to do with your Christmas tree.  Well, Keep Liberty Beautiful has the solution for you on how your Christmas tree can live on! Live trees don’t have to spend eternity in a landfill, so don’t trash that tree! The National Christmas Tree Association estimates that approximately thirty million live Christmas trees are sold each holiday season! Don’t let your tree be part of the tremendous amount of yard waste created if these trees are not reused or mulched.

Remember when you take down your live tree after Christmas to drop your tree off for recycling. Trees can be dropped off at several locations around the county until this Saturday, January 9, 2021.  You can deposit your tree in the designated areas at any Liberty County Solid Waste Convenience Center or Recycling Drop off Center during regular operating hours between now and Friday, January 8, 2021.  

These locations are:

25 South Dairy Road (SR 196W, GumBranch)

156 Pate Rogers Road (Fleming)

836 Limerick Road (near Lake George)

64 Left Field Road (Hwy 84, Miller Park)

619 J V Road (west of Hinesville)

50 Isle of Wight Road (Midway area)

344 Ft Morris Road (East End near Sunbury)

129 Sandy Run (off Hwy 84 in Hinesville)

941 E G Miles Parkway (SR 196W at Training Center in Hinesville) Walthourville Public Works site

4000 Coastal Hwy (Hwy 17 in Riceboro)

Ft Stewart

Liberty County Health Department 1113 East Oglethorpe Hwy

Citizens in Hinesville can also have their undecorated trees picked up at the curb. 

At our Chipper Mulch site at the Liberty County Health Department at the corner of Hwy 84 and Patriot’s Trail in Flemington/Hinesville, we will have our annual chipping day from 9:00am until 1:00pm on Saturday, January 9, 2021.   Mulch Day is a fun day for everyone, so please drop by and bring your tree.  All citizens who drop by on the 9th can pick up tree seedlings and vegetable and flower seeds while our supplies last. 

Georgia Power Company graciously provides the equipment and manpower to mulch all the trees for our county. Trees must be undecorated.  Those decorations and plastic trees can really be a problem when the trees are going through the chipper. Decorations do not make good mulch, so please remember to ‘undecorate’ those live trees for mulching. And if you are wondering, yes, over the years, people have left heavily decorated trees, and even plastic trees, wreaths, and tree stands! 

Here are some ways whole Christmas trees, tree parts, or mulch can be used:

You can remove the branches from your trees to use as a base for a compost pile.

Christmas trees can make effective sand and soil erosion barriers, especially for lake and river shoreline stabilization and river delta sedimentation management. 

Instead of mulching, trees can be sunk into to create fish habitat. If you would like some trees for your pond, contact us at Keep Liberty Beautiful.

You can also choose to place the Christmas tree in your garden or backyard and use it as a bird feeder and sanctuary. Fresh orange slices or strung popcorn will attract the birds, and they can sit in the branches for shelter. Once again, undecorate your tree first!

A Christmas tree is biodegradable, so the mulch created on Chipper Day on January 9, 2021, can be used as mulch in your garden. Join us on the 9th if you would like to get some. We recommend letting the mulch bake for a few months before putting it out.

That mulch can also be used for natural paths or walking paths.

So, join us on Saturday and give your Christmas tree a new life. Remember, you can also recycle your electronics, and tires too at Bring One For The Chipper on January 9, 2021, at the Liberty County Health Department.  A list of collectible items is on the Keep Liberty Beautiful website For more information on Christmas tree recycling and more, contact Keep Liberty Beautiful at (912) 880-4888 or email  

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