Christmas tree recycling drop-offs available in Clarke, Oconee counties

With the end of the holiday season, people are looking for places to dispose of their Christmas trees.


Keep Athens-Clarke County Beautiful and Keep Oconee County Beautiful are sponsoring Christmas tree recycling, otherwise called Bring One for the Chipper, at multiple locations on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

In Athens, drop-off locations include Cofer’s Home and Garden Showplace, Clarke Middle School, Sandy Creek Nature Center and Chase Street Elementary School.

Trees also can be taken to recycling centers at the Georgia Square Mall Theater, Winterville Public Works building, and the Lexington Road Tag Office. The recycling centers are open through Jan. 12 and are typically not staffed — places will be marked as to where to drop off the tree.

Undecorated trees in Clarke County also can be left out for leaf and limb disposal. Those wishing to do so will need to check with the county for the pickup schedule.

For more information on tree recycling in Athens, call (706) 613-3501.

In Oconee County, people can bring their trees to drop off sites in Harris Shoals Park on Experiment Station Road and to Home Depot at the Oconee Connector.

Georgia Power Co. will chip the trees at Harris Shoals and the mulch will be available free. Also, the county will mulch those trees left at Home Depot.

Those dropping off trees will receive a free tree sapling in Clarke and Oconee counties, or seed packets as long as supplies last in Oconee County, Keep Oconee County Beautiful Director Cindy Pritchard said.

Trees may also be dropped off at Oconee County recycling collections sites during normal operating hours.

Pritchard provided the following statewide statistics for the “Bring One for the Chipper” program, which is the largest of its kind in the nation — 94,417 trees were collected in total:

  • 82,941 were recycled into mulch for playgrounds, city and county landscaping projects, and individual homes.
  • 2,709 trees were sunk into lakes across the state to provide fish habitats.
  • 776 were used for fuel or other uses.
  • More than 6 million Christmas trees have been recycled and diverted from landfills since the start of the program.
  • 48 local governments and/or organizations participated.
  • 151 collection sites were set up throughout the state.
  • 673 volunteers donated 2,254 hours of time.