By: Kristen Johnson, News Channel 12
One North Georgia organization wants to make sure Christmas Trees don't end up in the landfill.
For the last 19 years, "Keep Dalton-Whitfield Beautiful" hosted its annual recycling event.
"Bring one for the chipper" was held at the Home Depot in Dalton.
By Saturday afternoon more than 80 trees were brought by the location.
Organizers say the free service allows residents to send their trees back to nature as mulch or animal habitats.
"I'm very happy to see that the community is interested in recycling and environmentalism in general and it's just great to see how people still feel positive about helping the earth and doing something right for the environment," Liz Swafford, Executive Director of Keep Dalton-Whitfield Beautfield said.
In return for their tree, participants received the choice between a seedling or packet of seeds.
And don't worry if you didn't get a chance to drop off your tree, the city of Dalton collects trees on the curb.
Whitfield County residents can visit one of four convenience centers.
Public works employees and Dalton State College students also helped with Saturday's event.