If you are looking for a way to recycle your Christmas tree, there are two options available in the City of LaGrange.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will accept live Christmas trees for recycling from December 26th through January 13th. The trees will be used to create fish structures at various locations.
Make sure the live trees have no ornaments, tinsel, or lights on them.
The trees can be dropped off at the designated locations in the parking lots of the Yellow Jacket Boat Ramp and Sunny Point Boat Ramp. In Alabama, there is a tree drop off location at the Rocky Point Boat Ramp.
Keep Troup Beautiful is also holding its annual “Bring One for the Chipper” event Saturday, January 6th, from 9AM-1PM.
They will be accepting live Christmas trees free of tinsel, lights, and ornaments, tires, and electronics. No televisions will be accepted.
The event will be at the Recycling Center on Davis Road under the water tower.
Everyone who brings items to recycle will be given a free seedling and registered for a drawing for a gift basket.
Keep Troup Beautiful will host its first ever “Bring One for the Chipper” event in Hogansville January 6th from 9AM-1PM in the parking lot across the street from the Hogansville City Hall.
They will only be accepting live Christmas trees in Hogansville.
“Bring your electronics, bring your trees, bring your trash, and any of your recyclables to the recycling center on Davis Road,” said Keep Troup Beautiful Board Chairman Howard Mingo.
“Everyone who shows up gets a free gift.”
For more information on the “Bring One for the Chipper” event go to www.keeptroup beautiful.org.
For more information on the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers tree recycling go towww.sam.usace.army. mil/Missions/Civil-Works/ Recreation/ West-PointLake.aspx.
Individuals who wish to place their own Christmas trees in the lake may do so, but please follow the guidelines below:
• Do not place the trees where they could become safety hazards to boaters or swimmers. For example, trees should not be placed near boat launching ramps, in shallow boat traffic channels, or at swimming areas.
• Use a suitable anchoring system to prevent the trees from floating away or moving around. A cement block will work well as an anchor for one or two trees, but the block must be securely fastened to the tree using nylon twine or a similar material.
• Trees will attract more fish if they are placed in deeper water and in an area where the water depth changes significantly, such as near an underwater ridge or hump. Fish tend to use this type of area throughout the year.
Although a permit is not necessary to place a few Christmas trees in the lake, anglers who wish to drop large numbers of trees or other types of structure for fish reefs should contact the West Point Project Management Office Media Contact: West Point Project Management Office, (706) 645-2937 Keep Troup Beautiful, (706) 884-9922.
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