Press Release: Gwinnett Clean & Beautiful Conjures Up Some Christmas Magic with Largest Treecycling Event in Georgia

Environmentally-focused Nonprofit Invites Local Residents to Drop off Live Trees at Area Fire Stations

Gwinnett Clean & Beautiful  -TreecyclingDuluth, December 17 – With the holidays rapidly approaching, many Gwinnett residents are bustling about town in hopes of finishing up their shopping lists, shipping their gifts to distant relatives and mailing that last fistful Christmas cards. At the same time, many local children can concentrate on nothing more than Christmas morning and the surprises they will receive from Santa Claus under their Christmas tree. It just so happens that the folks at Gwinnett Clean & Beautiful are keenly focused on those Christmas trees, too. Once the presents have been opened and the holiday table has been cleared, thoughts will undoubtedly turn to the task of taking down the decorations and preparing for the New Year. While artificial trees will be returned to their boxes until next year, the question persists: what happens to all of those live trees? Gwinnett Clean & Beautiful plans to conjure up a little Christmas magic of its own in order to breathe new life into those trees that would normally wind up by the curb and eventually in a landfill.

In preparation for the largest “treecycling” event in Georgia, Gwinnett Clean & Beautiful invites residents to drop off their live Christmas trees between December 26, 2014 and January 16, 2015 at the following local fire departments:

Buford

  • Fire Station 14, 1600 Highway 23, 30518
  • Fire Station 24, 2735 Mall of GA Blvd., 30519
  • Fire Station 29, 2800 Thompson Mill Rd., 30519

Dacula

  • Fire Station 17, 2739 Brooks Rd., 30019
  • Fire Station 27, 2825 Old Fountain Rd., 30019

Duluth

  • Fire Station 5, 3001 Old Norcross Rd., 30096
  • Fire Station 7, 3343 Bunton Rd., 30096
  • Fire Station 19, 3275 N. Berkeley Lake Rd., 30096

Grayson

  • Fire Station 8, 2295 Brannan Rd., 30017

Hoschton

  • Fire Station 18, 1515 Mineral Springs Rd., 30548

Lawrenceville

  • Fire Station 9, 1900 Five Forks-Trickum Rd., 30044
  • Fire Station 15, 275 S. Perry St., 30046
  • Fire Station 20, 1801 Cruse Rd., 30044
  • Fire Station 25, 3575 Lawrenceville Hwy., 30044

Lilburn

  • Fire Station 2, 12 Harmony Grove Rd., 30047
  • Fire Station 3, 4394 Five Forks-Trickum Rd., 30047
  • Fire Station 22, 2180 Stone Dr., 30047

Loganville

  • Fire Station 28, 3725 Rosebud Rd, 30052
  • Fire Station 30, 1052 Ozora Rd., 30052

Norcross

  • Fire Station 1, 165 Lawrenceville St., 30071
  • Fire Station 4, 5550 Spalding Dr., 30092
  • Fire Station 11, 5885 Live Oak Pkwy., 30093
  • Fire Station 23, 4355 Steve Reynolds Blvd., 30093

Peachtree Corners

  • Fire Station 4, 5550 Spalding Drive, 30092

Snellville

  • Fire Station 6, 3890 Johnson Dr., 30039
  • Fire Station 12, 2815 Lenora Church Rd., 30078

Sugar Hill

  • Fire Station 26, 6075 Suwanee Dam Rd., 30518

Suwanee

  • Fire Station 21, 474 Old Peachtree Rd., 30024

Before dropping off their live Christmas trees, residents should make sure they are free of decorations, lights and stands. Most of the trees collected will be transformed into mulch for use in landscaping projects throughout Gwinnett County – including local parks, roadway beautification initiatives and more. Some trees will be sunk into area lakes to serve as fish habitats, while others will be converted to fuel and other uses.

“One out of every five Christmas trees in Georgia is recycled right here in Gwinnett County,” explains Connie Wiggins, Executive Director for Gwinnett Clean & Beautiful. “That’s where the help of our residents is so vital. Rather than dragging their Christmas tree to the curb for the garbage company to pick up, why not drop it off at the local fire station so we can give their tree a second life? Not only is it a great thing to do for our community and planet at large, but it’s also a wonderful tradition to start with their family. We are so thrilled that this event just seems to grow and grow with each passing year as the word continues to spread. Of course, the success of our Christmas tree recycling program  would not be possible without the enduring support from wonderful sponsors and advocates like the Gwinnett County Fire Department, Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners, Gwinnett County Department of Transportation, Georgia Power, Jackson EMC and Republic Services.”

About Gwinnett Clean & Beautiful:  Gwinnett Clean & Beautiful Services, Inc. (GCB) is an award-winning 501(c)3 charitable organization that boasts an expansive community-based network dedicated to finding long term solutions to environmental and quality of life issues through individual action. The organization is guided by a 55-member Citizens Advisory Board that represents all sectors of the Gwinnett County community. A nationally recognized leader in creating cleaner, greener and more livable communities throughout Gwinnett, GCB involves more than 100,000 volunteers annually to help prevent litter and graffiti, recycle and reduce waste, and increase environmental awareness. To learn more about Gwinnett Clean & Beautiful and its programs, aspiring environmental stewards are invited to visit www.GwinnettCB.org.

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