DALTON, GA - On Saturday, January 7, 2012 Keep Dalton-Whitfield Beautiful volunteers will be collecting live, natural, undecorated Christmas trees from residents for “treecycling”. The free event will be held from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm at the Home Depot parking lot located at 875 Shugart Road in Dalton.
Christmas trees must be free of ornaments, nails, hooks, wires, tinsel, lights, and other decorations. Only natural, live, real trees will be accepted - no artificial trees please. Trees will be recycled on site into mulch that will be used for beautification projects throughout Whitfield County. In exchange for dropping off their live Christmas tree for recycling residents will receive a free seedling or packet of seeds to plant at home.
Statewide over 5.7 million trees have been recycled into mulch or habitats for wildlife since the beginning of the program in 1991. During the 2011 event 309 collection sites throughout the state of Georgia recycled 161,319 Christmas trees with the help of 6,395 volunteers.
If local residents cannot participate the day of the event, there are two additional options available.
1.) The City of Dalton Public Works Department will collect Christmas trees from the curb. City residents should call 706-278-7077 to request pick-up. Yard debris is regularly picked up throughout the year every other week.
2.) The four Convenience Centers managed by the Dalton-Whitfield Solid Waste Authority have drop-off areas for yard debris that is recycled year round. These include the McGaughey Chapel, M.L.King Blvd., Westside, and the Old Dixie Hwy. Landfill & Convenience Center. For hours of operation and directions visit www.DWSWA.org or call 706-277-2545.
For more details about the event visit www.KeepDaltonWhitfieldBeautiful.org or call 706-278-5001.
Keep Dalton-Whitfield Beautiful would like to thank state and local sponsors for making this event possible. State sponsors include the Keep Georgia Beautiful Foundation, Earth911.com, The Home Depot, The Davey Tree Expert Company, Ferry-Morse Seed Co., and 11 Alive – Atlanta’s NBC Affiliate. Local sponsors include Dalton-Whitfield Solid Waste Authority, Whitfield County - Georgia Forestry Commission, Whitfield County Public Works Department, and The Home Depot in Dalton.