Sumter County and the City of Sumter are once again giving residents an opportunity to recycle their Christmas trees with the annual “Grinding of the Greens.”
“Donated Christmas trees are made into mulch and this gives folks an easy and environmentally friendly way to discard their trees,” said Karen Hyatt, Assistant Public Works Director for Sumter County.
Hyatt said residents need to be mindful of the guidelines: Only live trees will be accepted. No wreaths, garlands, greenery or tree stands and please be sure to remove all tinsel, light and decorations, she said.
Trees will be accepted for donation at the following locations:
- The entrance of Dillon Park just off North Pike West and across from the S.C. National Guard Armory.
- County Recycling Centers on Rainaire Boulevard, Stamey Livestock Road, Cane Savannah Road, Pinewood Road, Queen Chapel Road, Bethel Church Road, Alligator Branch Road, Pleasant Grove Road and Spencer Road.
- City residents my place their trees curbside and the City will collect trees from Jan. 4 to 14.
On Saturday, Jan. 16, 2021, from 7 to 9 a.m. at Dillon Park, FREE MULCH made from the Christmas trees will be distributed on a first-come, first-serve basis. You can bring containers or bags, tools to pick it up and a way to haul. Even if you didn’t donate a tree you can still receive mulch.
For more information on the Grinding of the Greens, call Sumter County Public Works at 803-436-2241 or City of Sumter Public Works at 803-436-2558.