Chipping of the Green is an annual Christmas tree recycling project now entering its 30th year in Jackson. With the help of the West Tennessee Master Gardener volunteers, the Keep Jackson Beautiful Commission has recycled as many as 1,000 trees during Chipping of the Green. Carol Emery, KJB Chipping of the Green Project Chair, states, “I am excited about the potential number of trees that can be recycled rather than being discarded into the landfill.”
Designated tree drop-off locations are in North and South Jackson. The North Jackson drop-off sites are the Parking lot on Stonebridge of Liberty Garden and at North Park in the first parking lot as you enter park. The South Jackson drop-off location is 720 S. Highland at the Jackson City Fire Department Administrative Office in front of the Jackson Fairgrounds. Live Christmas trees will be accepted at this North site beginning the day after Christmas until the Thursday before the second Saturday. Also if you want the City to pick up your discarded Christmas tree, please call 731.425.8578. Then place the tree at the curb, and the City trucks will be collecting for the Chipping of the Green between the day after Christmas until the Thursday before the second Saturday.
On the second Saturday of January from 9:00-11:00 a.m. at the Fire Training Station, Keep Jackson Beautiful Members and Master Gardener volunteers will provide the manpower to turn your old tree into wood chips perfect for garden pathways or for composting. The wood chips will be bagged and available for pickup by the public at no charge on the day of the chipping. Only live trees are accepted. Lights and ornaments should be removed so that trees can be fed through the chipping machine.
Tammy Buchanan, KJB Commission Chair, relates, “KJB accomplishes more than 35 annual projects addressing beautification, waste reduction and recycling. Chipping of the Green is an excellent example of the benefit of recycling.” “Recycling Christmas trees provides free wood chips and gives the public an opportunity to help reduce solid waste,” states City of Jackson KJB Coordinator, Jodi Jacobs.
Only live Christmas trees are accepted at drop-off sites. Lights and ornaments should be removed, so trees can be fed through the chipping machine. The wood chips from the trees are bagged and available for pick-up by the public at no charge on the day of the chipping.
The event is sponsored by Keep Jackson Beautiful with a special thanks to the City of Jackson Groundskeeping Department. For more information, contact Jodi Jacobs at 731.425.8225.