Not only have the presents been unwrapped and the mess has (hopefully) been cleaned up but the ill-fitting or just plain ugly gifts have been returned or exchanged as well. And now the weekend is upon us when everyone begins the process of removing from their homes what is now last years Christmas.

So what do you do with the largest of the holiday “remains”? Gwinnett County has a fun recycling initiative call “Bring One for the Chipper” ( Citizens are encouraged to drop off their trees to numerous fire stations around the county between 12/26-1/15. These trees will be turned into mulch on January 27th. There are community volunteer opportunities for this event also. Check out the website for fire station drop off locations and volunteer sign up.

The City of Suwanee is encouraging residents to drop of their tree at Sim Lake Park (4600 Suwanee Dam Road) anytime from 12/26-1/31. According to the city’s website mulch was cultivated from 1200 trees last year and used around all of Suwanee’s many diverse parks.

Additionally there are many Home Depot stores that are accepting trees for disposal.

Always be sure to remove all lights and decorations from the tree before dropping it for recycling.

Some folks get ambitious and try to replant their trees in the hopes that they can resurrect it for next year. Unfortunately  my research has come up with a pretty resounding “not possible” on the idea of replanting your tree. Even that tree you and your Pinterest ready family cut fresh from the ground is unlikely to sprout roots at this point.

Out with the old and in with the New Year…354 days until Christmas 2018!