Stockings have been emptied, presents unwrapped and Christmas dinners eaten. Now, just one final chore remains – taking down the Christmas tree. If you are one of the millions of families who has a live tree in your home, trying to find a place to throw away your tree is an unwanted chore. Fortunately, metro Atlanta offers a multitude of Christmas tree recycling options!

The state’s largest tree recycling program is Bring One for the Chipper, Keep Georgia Beautiful’s annual program. Since starting in 1991, it has recycled around six million trees! Many metro Atlanta Home Depot locations host the program, which turns the trees into mulch that is used for a variety of public beautiful projects. Individuals can also request for a load of the mulch to be brought to their home for a large landscaping project. Bring One for the Chipper will be held Saturday, Jan. 3, 2015. To see a complete list of participating Home Depot locations, click here.

Several counties also offer curbside recycling programs, such as DeKalb and Fulton, as well as the city of Atlanta. Residents can place trees that are free of lights and decorations at the curb on the day that their regularly scheduled yard debris pickup happens. To be sure your area offers Christmas tree recycling, check with your local waste management service.

Residents living in Cobb County can take their trees to several local parks, including Lost Mountain Park, Noonday Creek Park, Fullers Park, Harrison Park and Sewell Park now through Jan. 3, 2015.

Forsyth County offers a number of drop-off locations, including Vickery Creek Elementary, which takes trees now through Jan. 3, 2015. The Tolbert Street Recycling Convenience Center, Old Atlanta Recycling Convenience Center and Coal Mountain Recycling Convenience Center are also accepting trees now through Jan. 24, 2015.

For those who don’t want to worry with the hassle of removing their tree, Big John’s Christmas Trees offers a tree removal service. The company, which has 11 metro area tree farms, will come to your home to uninstall and remove the tree. The service starts at $35. For more information, contact

Be sure to have your tree down and ready to recycle before these opportunities are missed!

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