Press Release: Gwinnett Clean & Beautiful Extends the Magic of Christmas with Bring One for the Chipper

Environmentally-Focused Nonprofit Releases List of Drop-off Locations and Issues Call for Volunteers for Popular Tree-cycling Event January 21

gcb-volunteers-help-haul-donated-live-christmas-trees-to-be-chipped-into-mulch-during-bring-one-for-the-chipper-2016Lawrenceville, Ga. – December 13, 2016 – After the presents have all been unwrapped and visions of sugarplums no longer dance in the heads of Gwinnett County children, some may wonder what happens to those live Christmas trees. For the last 30 years, Gwinnett Clean & Beautiful (GCB) has played host to one of the largest “tree-cycling” events in the State of Georgia. As the nonprofit organization prepares to raise the curtain on its 31st installment of Bring One for the Chipper, two very important things must take place: 1) Live Christmas trees must be collected at drop-off locations throughout the county and 2) Volunteers must register to take part in the task of transforming all of the collected trees into mulch.

“We are very proud to offer this opportunity to local residents as a cornerstone of what Gwinnett Clean & Beautiful is all about,” explained Schelly Marlatt, Executive Director for GCB. “Rather than choke our landfills with live Christmas trees that may take dozens of years to decompose, trees that are ‘tree-cycled’ will get a new life right away. We want families who take part in Bring One for the Chipper to know that their tree will become mulch that will one day line park pathways or flower beds around public buildings and schools. In a way, we’re extending the magic of Christmas and we invite families to join us – whether by dropping off their live Christmas tree or volunteering for our Bring One for the Chipper event… or both! It can become a new addition to their holiday traditions that they look forward to sharing year-after-year.”

Drop off locations for live Christmas trees will begin accepting trees between December 26, 2016 and January 15, 2017. Trees must be free of lights, tinsel, decorations and tree stands in order to be tree-cycled. Drop off locations are as follows:

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 10, 1131 Rock Springs Rd. 30043
  • Fire Station 15, 275 S. Perry St., 30046
  • Fire Station 20, 1801 Cruse Rd., 30044
  • Fire Station 25, 3575 Lawrenceville Hwy., 30044
  • Fire Station 31, 1061 Collins Hill Rd. 30043

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 11, 5885 Live Oak Pkwy., 30093
  • Fire Station 23, 4355 Steve Reynolds Blvd., 30093

Peachtree Corners

  • Fire Station 4, 5550 Spalding Dr., 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

After January 15, all donated trees will be transported to Bethesda Park for the Bring One for the Chipper event on Saturday, January 21. Bring One for the Chipper volunteers can include individuals, families*, school groups, civic groups, companies, neighborhood associations and more. To volunteer, interested parties must register online at www.GwinnettCB.org and download a Volunteer Release Form to bring with them to the event – which begins at 8 a.m. Questions may be directed to gwinnettcb@gwinnettcb.org or 770-822-5187.

About Gwinnett Clean & Beautiful:  Gwinnett Clean & Beautiful Services, Inc. (GCB) is a Keep America Beautiful affiliate and award-winning 501(c)(3) charitable organization. It 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 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 clean and restore public places, recycle more, protect watersheds and develop the next generation of environmental stewards. To learn more about Gwinnett Clean & Beautiful, please visit www.GwinnettCB.org.

* Volunteers must be 14 or older.

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