Wondering what to do with your Christmas tree after the holidays are over? Several locations around metro Atlanta offer Christmas tree recycling, and for some residents, your tree can even be picked up from your curb along with your trash pickup. Recycled Christmas trees are turned into much that is used throughout your city and county in parks and public spaces, and at some locations, you can take your tree’s mulch with you to use in your own yard.
For Atlanta residents, the City of Atlanta Department of Public Works will collect and recycle your Christmas tree in the same manner as your yard trimmings. Just remove the base and all lights and decorations, and do not place the tree in a plastic bag.
Bring One for the Chipper – Cobb
Cobb County offers Christmas tree recycling at Lost Mountain Park, Noonday Creek Park and Fullers Park on Saturday, January 4th. The Keep Cobb Beautiful office then uses the mulch for county projects.
Lost Mountain Park – 4845 Dallas Hwy, Powder Springs, GA 30127
Noonday Creek Park – 489 Hawkins Store Rd, Kennesaw, GA 30144
Fullers Park – 3499 Robinson Rd, Marietta, GA 30067
Bring One for the Chipper – Decatur
City of Decatur residents can drop off live Christmas trees at the annual “Bring One for the Chipper” event at the Agnes Scott College parking lot between 184 and 206 S. Candler Street, through the second Saturday in January.
DeKalb County and Fulton County
Residents of DeKalb County and Fulton County who receive trash service from their county Public Works may dispose of their Christmas tree curbside if the tree is less than four feet tall (but you can cut it in half so both halves are less than 4 feet). Trees should be placed at the curb according to the schedule for yard debris pick-up. All decorations and lights must be removed before disposing of the tree.
Local fire stations in Buford, Dacula, Duluth, Grayson, Hoschton, Lawrenceville, Lilburn, Loganville, Norcross, Peachtree Corners, Snellville, Sugar Hill and Suwanee are the drop off points for your live trees. Remember to remove all ornaments, garland and lights. Trees will be chipped into mulch to be used throughout the county.
On the second Saturday in January, most Home Depot locations offer Christmas Tree recycling. Many locations will also give you back the mulch for your own use. Call your local store first to make sure they are participating.