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Christmas tree recycling underway

12/27/2013, 6 a.m.

Residents can recycle their used Christmas trees through Jan.18 at Keep DeKalb Beautiful’s annual “Bring One for the Chipper” Treecycling.

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Recycled trees will be turned into chipped mulch or compost.

Natural trees can be left at curbside on regular collection day for recycling and yard trimmings for pickup by county Sanitation or they can be dropped at the Seminole Road Landfill at 4203 Clevemont Road, Ellenwood, weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Trees more than seven feet tall must be cut in half before pickup.

Residents are also are urged to remove Christmas lights and ornaments from trees.

Trees that cannot be cut down to 4-feet or less can be taken directly to the Seminole Landfill. The recycled trees will be turned into chipped mulch or compost.

DeKalb Sanitation provides the resulting compost free to the public at four locations. DeKalb County residents can pick up compost year round at Seminole Landfill and the following locations:

  • Northern Avenue and Memorial Drive, 4380 Memorial Drive, next to the Tax Commissioner’s Office. Weekdays, 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • East Transfer Station, 1750 Rogers Lake Road, Lithonia. Weekdays, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Keep DeKalb Beautiful recycles about 10,000 trees each year. Statewide, more than 200,000 trees were recycled in 2012 and used in places from flower beds to fish habitats.
  • For more information, or to volunteer for KDB’s beautification efforts, contact kdb@dekalbcountyga.gov or 404-371-2654.