Thomasville Times Enterprise

January 10, 2013

Annual tree recycling program resumes

Staff report

THOMASVILLE — Christmas trees don’t have to go to the trash pile after Christmas. Trees previously on display in homes and businesses can be put to good use.

One use for the trees brought out during the annual “Bring One for the Chipper” includes cover for fish.

Cover, whether natural or artificial, is attractive to fish for several reasons. Cover attracts many aquatic invertebrates consumed by fish, protects fish from predators, provides ambush locations for predator fish and provides fish with shade from the sun.

Trees not used for fish cover will be chipped into mulch at the West Remington Avenue recycling site only, beginning Saturday.

Mulch will be available — at no cost — to Thomas County residents on a first-come, first-serve basis. The mulch can be used for projects throughout the county, including playgrounds, public beautification efforts and wildlife habitats.

Only live trees with all tinsel and ornaments removed will be used. Undecorated trees may be dropped off between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. at the following locations through Saturday:

• 320 Legion Road, Boston

• 142 Stewart Road

• 300 Block of West Remington Avenue (across from the Boys & Girls Club)

Volunteers will be on-site to help from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Seed packets will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Electronics also will be accepted for recycling at all three sites.