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Where and When to Recycle Your Christmas Tree

The presents have been opened, you’re finally over your hangover from all that eggnog plus New Year’s Eve champagne, and life is getting back to normal now that the holidays are over. So, what to do with that slowly dying pine tree in your living room?

Athens-Clarke County has four drop-off locations to recycle Christmas trees for free (and get a free seedling) during its “Bring One for the Chipper” event Saturday, Jan. 7 from 9 a.m.–1 p.m. They are:

• Cofer’s Home and Garden Showplace.

• Clarke Middle School.

• Sandy Creek Nature Center.

• Chase Street Elementary School.

Other drop-off points, where you can take your tree anytime through Jan. 11 and place it in the specially marked bin, include: 

• the ACC landfill.

• The Georgia Square Mall parking lot, near the old movie theater.

• the Winterville public works building.

• the Lexington Road tag office.

• the CHaRM (Center for Hard-to-Recycle Materials). Note that the CHaRM’s hours are 10 a.m.–7 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays and 8 a.m.–noon Saturdays.

ACC Leaf and Limb will also pick up Christmas trees placed curbside for free. Click here for the Leaf and Limb pickup schedule.