It may feel like you just got the darned thing up and decorated, yet somehow, here we are….Wrapping paper and pine needles crunch underfoot as you dodge a maze of new toys. When you’re ready to reclaim your space, give that old Christmas tree new life (it served you well, no?) by recycling it at one of any number of locations throughout the metro Atlanta area. Many of the listed locations participate in Keep Georgia Beautiful’s “Bring One for the Chipper” Program which prevents the illegal dumping of trees along Georgia’s roadways. The program mulches donated trees for future use on public walkways, trails, and playgrounds, and provides free mulch and compost for gardeners at locations throughout 13 local metro governments.


DeKalb and Fulton County Sanitation Departments
Both DeKalb and Fulton County offer curbside pickup of trees 4 ft. and under along with your regular yard waste. Larger trees and branches longer than 4 ft. should be trimmed  and either bagged in compostable bags or tied with twine. Both DeKalb and Fulton Counties both compost yard waste and offer free mulch for residents.

Home Depot
Home Depot locations throughout the metro area will accept Chtistmas trees from December 26th through  January 5th. For a list of participating Home Depot stores, click here.

Grant Park Conservancy
The Grant Park Conservancy will participate in Keep Georgia Beautiful’s “Bring One for the Chipper” event. On Saturday, January 4th, just drop your tree off in the south end of the Boulevard parking lot between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Can’t get there yourself? For a mere $10, Cub Scout pack 688 will pick your tree up on January 4th and deliver it to Grant Park for you. Proceeds benefit activities for troop 688 which serves boys in Grant Park, East Atlanta, and surrounding neighborhoods. For more information or to schedule your pick-up, please e-mail

City of Decatur
Decatur residents can take their Christmas trees to the Christmas Tree Recycling Center at Agnes Scott Collge. Trees may be left in the South Candler parking lot located between 184 and 206 South Candler St. between Friday, December 27th and Sunday, January 6. Please do not leave trees anywhere else on the ASC campus.

Decatur residents who are unable to deliver their own trees may contact Cub Scout Pack 134 (sponsored by Decatur First Baptist) to arrange free pick-up of their tree on Saturday, January 4th. Requests for pick-up must be made by noon on Friday, January 3rd. Donations are welcome, but not required. To arrange your pick-up, contact Thomas Atkinson at or 404-471-2370.

Gwinnett County Fire Department
The Gwinnett County Fire Department, working in conjunction with Keep Gwinnett Beautiful, will accept your Christmas tree for recycling at select Gwinnett County fire stations from December 26th through January 17th. For a list of drop off points, click here.

Volunteers are also needed to help mulch trees during the “Bring One for the Chipper” event at Bethesda Park in Lawrenceville on January 26th.  To volunteer, you can sign up here.

Cobb County Department of Parks and Recreation
The Cobb County Department of Parks and Recreation will accept trees at 5 county parks from December 26th through January 4th. For a list of drop off locations, click here.

Yellow River Game Ranch
Lilburn’s Yellow River Game Ranch accepts Christmas trees for recycling year round, and is perfect for anyone who can’t get it together to get the tree out of the house in early January. Trees are mulched and used intact to enhance animal habitats throughout the park. Yellow River Game Ranch is located at 4525 Stone Mountain Hwy., Lilburn. For more information, click here.

Before leaving your tree at any location for recycling, please ensure that you have completely removed all lights and decorations.

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—Dawn Downes

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