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Ask The Times: There are several options available for recycling trees
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Christmas trees await pickup Dec. 27, 2013, at the Hall County recycling center on Crescent Drive. - photo by NAT GURLEY

If you’ve been wondering about something in your community, Ask The Times is your place to get answers. The following question was submitted by a reader and answered through the efforts of our news staff.

How should I dispose of my Christmas tree?

Christmas trees can be brought to all the Hall County compactor sites and the Hall County Recycling Center at 1008 Chestnut St. SE, Gainesville to be chipped into mulch.

According to Keep Georgia Beautiful, several Home Depot locations across the state will also be participating in the 2014-2015 “Bring One for the Chipper” initiative. The Home Depots at 924 Dawsonville Highway in Gainesville, 5851 Spout Springs Road in Flowery Branch and 801 Highway 400 South in Dawsonville are participating.

Flowery Branch residents can leave their trees curbside; the city will pick them up just as with tree limbs. There is also a cordoned-off spot next to the red caboose downtown where people can leave trees.

Oakwood residents can take their trees to the parking lot next to Oakwood City Park.

Remember to remove everything from the tree, including lights, ornaments, etc.

Chipping will begin Jan. 9 and Christmas tree mulch will be available starting that day.

Area compactor sites:

  • Balus Creek: 3845 Old Flowery Branch Road, Flowery Branch
  • Blackshear Place: 2921 Atlanta Highway, Gainesville
  • Candler: 5064 Poplar Springs Road, Gainesville
  • East Crescent: 734 East Crescent Drive, Gainesville
  • Flowery Branch: 4395 Falcon Parkway, Flowery Branch
  • Gaines Ferry: 6173 Gaines Ferry Road, Flowery Branch
  • Gould Lane: 1277 Hillside Gardens Lane, Gainesville
  • Lula: 6174 Lula Road, Lula
  • Murrayville: 5113 Thompson Bridge Road, Gainesville
  • Sardis: 2801 Sardis Road, Gainesville
  • Tadmore: 3320 Holly Springs Road, Gainesville
  • Wauka Mountain: 5800 Brookton-Lula Road, Gainesville

Also, Christmas trees placed in lakes can make good habitats for fish.

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