Before you throw out your Christmas tree this year, consider recycling your once-live tree so it can be used to help grow other living things in the community throughout the year.
The Keep Macon-Bibb Beautiful Commission will host its annual Bring One for the Chipper event Saturday at Central City Park from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Instead of throwing out your used tree and sending it to the city landfill, take your undecorated, real Christmas tree to the park Saturday where a volunteer will help remove the tree from your vehicle, and it will be turned to mulch.
There will also be an opportunity to pick up free mulch for your own green areas, as well as receive a free tree seedling -- Redbud, Green Ash or Red Maple -- while supplies last.
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For those who would like to pick up extra mulch after Jan. 8, signs will be posted in the park that lead to the pick up location.
Several early drop-off locations are also spread throughout the county, for those residents who want to get the tree out of the house sooner.
The Bibb County tree drop locations are:
— Capital City Bank, 1601 Bass Road;
— Wesleyan College, 4760 Wesleyan Drive;
— Kroger, 220 Tom Hill Sr. Blvd.;
— Kroger, 4321 Hartley Bridge Road;
— Kroger, 5928 Zebulon Road;
— Goodwill Industries, 5171 Eisenhower Parkway;
— Home Depot, 4635 Presidential Parkway;
— Wal-Mart, 1401 Gray Highway.
Keep Warner Robins Beautiful is hosting a similar event co-sponsored by Flint Energies and Lewis Tree Service.
Last year, the organization recycled 3.4 tons into mulch, Executive Director Debra Jones told The Telegraph. They plan to give away 2,000 tree seedlings this year.
The Great Christmas Tree Round-Up will be held 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday in front of the water tower on Maple Street in Warner Robins.
To contact writer Caryn Grant, call 744-4347.