One for the Chipper
Keep Brunswick-Golden Isles Beautiful and community partners invite you to take part in this year’s annual Bring One for the Chipper Christmas tree recycling campaign.
Bring One for the Chipper, Georgia’s annual Christmas tree recycling program, invites Golden Isles residents to bring their trees to local drop-off centers on Saturday, January 4, 2014 from 9AM-4PM. Local sites include the Home Depot, Howard Coffin Park, Tidelands Nature Center and Winn Dixie locations on St. Simons Island and in Brunswick on Altama Avenue and New Jesup Highway. From December 26 on, there are tree drop-off sites located at Airport and Demere Road on St. Simons Island, Winn Dixie on New Jesup Hwy, Golden Isles Wood Products, Orange Park, Howard Coffin Park, or Goodyear Park in Brunswick. Additional information can be found on the KBGIB website at www.kbgib.com.
“For 23 years, Georgia citizens have enthusiastically supported the Bring One for the Chipper program. Many local families view the trip to the drop-off site as an annual holiday tradition that promotes the kind of responsibility necessary in a sustainable community,” said Lea King-Badyna, KBGIB executive director.
Christmas tree recycling programs like Chipper support eco-friendly holiday efforts that have a greater influence. According to the National Christmas Tree Association, 98% of real Christmas trees are grown on farms throughout all 50 states and Canada. Real trees are a renewable, recyclable resource. On average, for each tree harvested, three seedlings are planted in its place. An estimated 40-45 million Christmas trees are planted annually throughout North America absorbing carbon dioxide, producing oxygen and supporting local economies. Chipper trees will be recycled into mulch for playgrounds, public beautification projects, wildlife habitat and homeowner landscaping projects. Mulched landscapes help absorb runoff and prevent erosion during times of heavy rainfall.
“Chipper also provides a great opportunity for parents to talk to their children about the importance of caring for the environment. Golden Isles residents are encouraged to support KBGIB’s many environmental projects and get involved year round. Our children are never too young to learn about caring for the beautiful place we call home,” added King-Badyna.
Established in 1979 as the Brunswick-Glynn County Clean Community Commission, Keep Brunswick-Golden Isles Beautiful is one of 78 Keep America Beautiful / Keep Georgia Beautiful Foundation affiliates. KBGIB’s mission is to create a clean and beautiful community through citizen involvement and education.