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Tis the season to recycle your Christmas tree
Statesboro residents are shown bringing old Christmas trees to a past 'Bring One for the Chipper' event. - photo by MICHELLE BOAEN/staff
     Bulloch County residents looking for an environmentally friendly way to dispose of their Christmas Tree can once again "Bring One for the Chipper" and turn their tree into mulch.
    On Saturday, Jan. 6, there will be two different locations in Bulloch County for people to take their trees. Beginning at 8 a.m., people can bring their tree to Anderson's General Store on Highway 80 East and at 9 a.m. another chipper will be at Brooklet's Public Works Department. Both locations will continue until noon.
    Brooke Brandenburg Carney, director of Keep Bulloch Beautiful, said they'll be giving away dogwood seedlings to anyone who brings a tree to the event.
    Also, for those who don't want to wait until Jan. 6, they can take their tree to any of the Bulloch County Recycling Centers where they will get a voucher for a seedling to redeem next Saturday.
    Carney said she's hoping the change in location will increase participation in the event. In year's past, the chipper has been in the parking lot across from City Hall.
    "It varies from year to year," Carney said. "We ordered 300 trees, so we're hoping for at least that many."
    Across Georgia, there are nearly 380 locations for the Bring One for the Chipper campaign. In 2006 more than 226,000 trees were recycled.
    "Georgia's program continues to be successful due, in large part, to the dedication of our 'Keep Georgia Beautiful' volunteers and affiliates in participating communities," said Randy Hartman, director of environmental programs for the Georgia Department of Community Affairs.
    Another way to dispose of the trees, Carney said, was to put them in a lake, pond or river, provided it is deep enough.
    "Putting trees in a pond or river creates a fish habitat," she said. "That's another environmentally friendly way to get rid of your tree."
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