In collaboration with Keep Georgia Beautiful, The Home Depot, The Davey Tree Expert Company, Georgia Forestry Commission, Georgia Power, Ferry Morse Company, Burpee Seed Company, and One Tree Planted, Keep Liberty Beautiful recycled over350 Christmas trees Jan.12 during its annual Bring One for the Chipper event, joining the more than 6 million trees that have been diverted from landfills statewide since the program’s inception in 1991.
“It was great seeing Liberty County come together to recycle Christmas trees,” said Karen Bell, the Executive Director for Keep Liberty Beautiful, “We were excited to give away over 200 tree seedlings and plants that will help keep our community green, because of Bring One For The Chipper.”
The trees will be recycled into mulch for playgrounds, city and county landscaping projects, and individual home use, and 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.
“As an organization, we’re committed to making Georgia a cleaner, greener, more beautiful place to live,” said Natalie Johnston-Russell, executive director of Keep Georgia Beautiful. “Bring One for the Chipper allows communities to start the year off right by putting discarded Christmas trees to good use and learning how they can be good stewards for the environment throughout the year. We would like to thank the volunteers and families across the state that makes this program possible.”
Established in 1983, Keep Liberty Beautiful is one of 78 Keep America Beautiful / Keep Georgia Beautiful Foundation affiliates. Keep Liberty Beautiful is a community education and volunteer action program that focus on litter prevention and eradication, waste reduction and recycling, Storm water Pollution and water conservation, and community beautification and environmental improvement.
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