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Creative Mascot Makes a Difference
The state of Georgia is well-known for its recycling efforts, and its Christmas Tree recycling program is another one of its many successes. Cleverly titled "Bring One for the Chipper", the program is organized by Keep Georgia Beautiful in cooperation with private sponsors such as The Home Depot, The Davey Tree Expert Company and WXIA-TV in Atlanta.
The Chipper program involves hundreds of Georgia communities and thousands of volunteers. Communities have the option of coordinating a pick-up program or relying on designated drop sites; the trees are then turned into mulch that is used for playgrounds, beautification projects and individual yards. The program was first started in the Atlanta metro area in 1987 and went statewide in 1990. Since its inception, the program has recycled 4 million Christmas Trees.
The Chipper mascot encourages Georgia citizens to give new life to their Christmas Trees by recycling them for mulch.