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Sites taking trees after Christmas
The stockings were hung with great care, and St. Nicholas certainly was there.

Now it is time to decide what to do with a Christmas tree that played its part in the festivities and may be showing tinges of brown and dropping its needles.

Keep Brunswick-Golden Isles Beautiful, the anti-littering and pro-recycling group, wants to keep those much-loved trees out of landfills by turning them into mulch.

To do that, it has six unattended sites where people can take trees through Jan. 10, and on Saturday it will have six additional sites operating.

"Recycling Christmas trees is a great opportunity for citizens to play an active role in solid waste reduction," said Lea King-Badyna, Keep Brunswick-Golden Isles Beautiful director.

"Recycling Christmas trees provides mulch for soil enhancement and erosion control, and also is a community-friendly alternative to roadside dumping."

The environmental organization has been sponsoring Christmas tree collections - popularly known as Bring One for the Chipper - for more than 20 years as one of numerous programs that include warm-weather beach cleanups and roadside litter collections.

"In 2014, KBGIB will be strengthening litter prevention programs and education, and encouraging more citizens to become involved in community programs that help make the Golden Isles cleaner and greener," King-Badyna said.

* Reporter Sarah Lundgren writes about education and other local topics. Contact her at, on Facebook or at 265-8320, ext. 322.

Tree disposal sites

Unattended sites where Christmas trees can be dropped through Jan. 10 are:

SBlt Goodyear Park, Parkwood Drive and East Park Avenue, Brunswick.

SBlt Howard Coffin Park, 1430 Lanier Blvd., Brunswick.

SBlt Orange Park, Ellis and M streets, Brunswick.

* Golden Isles Wood Products, 2909 Newcastle St., Brunswick.

SBlt St. Simons Island, Airport and Old Demere roads, opposite the fire station.

SBlt Winn-Dixie store, 5420 New Jesup Highway, Glynn County.

Locations where trees can be taken between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Saturday are:

SBlt Home Depot, 220 Altama Connector, Glynn County.

SBlt Howard Coffin Park, 1430 Lanier Blvd., Brunswick.

SBlt Tidelands Nature Center, 210 S. Riverview Drive, Jekyll Island.

SBlt Winn-Dixie store, Retreat Plaza, St. Simons Island.

SBlt Winn-Dixie store, 4400 Altama Ave., Glynn County.

SBlt Winn-Dixie store, 5420 New Jesup Highway, Glynn County.

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