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Keep Liberty Beautiful celebrates 40 years of service
Karen Bell
Keep Liberty Beautiful Executive Director Karen Bell.

Dr. Karen Bell

Keep Liberty Beautiful

What can you do with your Christmas tree now that Christmas is over?

Recycle that tree! Bring One for the Chipper 2023 is a great way to repurpose your tree and help the environment!

Georgia Power, Liberty County Solid Waste and Road Department, Keep Fort Stewart Beautiful, Liberty County Georgia Forestry Commission, and Keep Liberty Beautiful will again host the Liberty County Bring One for the Chipper Christmas Tree recycling event on Saturday, January 7, 2023. Keep Liberty Beautiful is also starting its celebration of 40 years of service to Liberty County and is giving away trees 10 times the years of service! Everyone who drops off a tree can receive free tree seedlings while they last. You can sign up for the trees at

KLB will also have vegetable and flower seed packets available. Volunteers will be on hand to direct traffic and help tree recyclers unload their trees. Please do not bring wreaths and garlands. The wire used to hold them together cannot be chipped.

Bring One for the Chipper will be held on Saturday, January 7, 2023, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Liberty County Recycling Transfer parking lot, next to the DFCS office, 112 W Oglethorpe Hwy, Hinesville. To volunteer, contact Dr. Karen Bell at Keep Liberty Beautiful by email at klcb@libertycountyga. com.

The Keep Georgia Beautiful Foundation’s Bring One for the Chipper tree recycling program, a widespread environmental tradition, is in its 32nd year with over 140 drop-off locations statewide. Since its inception, communities across Georgia have diverted over 6 million trees from landfills. Residents can bring their Christmas trees to dropoff centers statewide on January 7, 2023. The drop-off location listing for the State Of Georgia is available at www.kgbf. org. Participants should remove all lights and decorations from their trees; no artificial trees will be accepted. The Statewide event partners are the Home Depot, Davey Tree Expert Company, Georgia Forestry Commission, 11 Alive, Ferry-Morse Seed Company, and Burpee Seed Company.

The Keep Georgia Beautiful Foundation spearheads this statewide event by bringing together news media, local governments, businesses, and industries to educate Georgians on recycling and environmental conservation. The Chipper program involves hundreds of Georgia communities and thousands of volunteers. Although the popularity of artificial trees has risen over the years, real trees provide a solution for families and wildlife alike. According to the National Christmas Tree Association, nearly 350 million Christmas trees grow on U.S. farms, absorbing carbon dioxide, emitting fresh oxygen, stabilizing soil, protecting water supplies, and providing refuge for wildlife.

For each tree harvested, one to three seedlings are planted in its place, making them a renewable resource. When people purchase them, they also support local economies. Environmental stewardship continues when individuals make a choice to recycle their trees. The Bring One for the Chipper program transforms many trees into mulch for playgrounds, city and county landscaping projects, and individual homes. Keep Liberty Beautiful at the event will provide the mulch free to Liberty County residents. Another popular method for the trees is to sink the trees into lakes to create fish habitats.

KLB would like to thank our local Lowe’s and Walmart for participating with us this year. Remember to bring your gently used shoes for our Shoe Drive; you also will be able to pick up a tree and plant seeds.

If you want to learn more about recycling or want to know how to volunteer with Keep Liberty Beautiful, you can call (912) 880-4888 or email klcb@libertycountyga. com. Have a green and Happy New Year!

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