Begun in 2000, Bring One For The Chipper kicks off Thursday and runs through Jan. 15 at sites across the county.
“We will then use the trees in different programs in February. We have a great partnership with the Corps of Engineers, Marietta Bassmasters, the Wildlife Action Group and others for a fish habitat in Lake Allatoona,” Keep Bartow Beautiful Assistant Coordinator Missy Phillips said. “... If we use up those trees, then we mulch the rest of them, and we have two gardening projects that we’d like to provide mulch for ... .”
If mulch is available, KBB will donate the landscape product for use at Rose Lawn and for use in a service project. A group of 2014 Cartersville-Bartow County Chamber of Commerce Adult Leadership Bartow participants will construct a Shakespeare garden behind the Legion Theatre, 114 W. Main St., Cartersville, adjacent to the chamber.
“For the fish habitat in particular we have to wait for the weather to be right and we have to do it before the water rises,” Phillips added.
Instead of disposing of the trees at home, Phillips said she hopes residents will drop off the live evergreens at the county sites.
“I would really like to promote Christmas trees as an agricultural product. I mean, people have gotten away from [live trees]. It gives yet another more or less organic alternative to Christmas,” she said.
The 11 sites available for Christmas tree recycling are: 40 Allatoona Dam Road, Cartersville; 1408 Burnt Hickory Road, Cartersville; 1214 Taylorsville Macedonia Road, Taylorsville; 281 Hardin Bridge Road, Cartersville; 638 Hall Station Road, Kingston; 4792 Joe Frank Harris Parkway, Adairsville; 15 Cedar Creek Road, Cartersville; 3285 Pine Log Road, Rydal; 212 Stamp Creek Road, White; 684 Center Road, Cartersville; and 48 Industrial Drive, Cartersville.
For more information, call KBB at 770-387-5167 or visit its Facebook page.