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Here's what you can do with your live trees after Christmas

Keep the Midlands Beautiful returns with Grinding of the Greens, December 26 through January 13.

COLUMBIA, S.C. — It may be a little early to talk about Christmas tree recycling -- but the Grinding of the Greens is in effect again this year.

Keep the Midlands Beautiful offers the live tree recycling program starting December 26 -- the day after Christmas -- through January 13, 2022.

Drop off your bare tree -- no ornaments, lights or tinsel -- at one of the following locations:

Lexington County:

  • Crooked Creek Park, 1098 Old Lexington Highway, Chapin. (By Chapin Middle School) Daily 7:30 a.m.-11 p.m.
  • Hollow Creek Tree Farm, 228 Windmill Rd, Gilbert. Daily 8 a.m.– 5 p.m. 
  • Saxe Gotha Presbyterian Church, 5503 Sunset Blvd, Lexington. Daily 8 a.m.– 5 p.m. 
  • Seven Oaks Park, 200 Leisure Lane, Columbia (by intersection of St. Andrews & Piney Grove). Daily 8 a.m.– 5 p.m. 
  • Edmund C&D Landfill & Compost Facility, 498 Landfill Lane, Lexington, SC 29073. M-Sat 7 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

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City of Columbia: 

  • Compost Facility, 121 Humane Ln, Columbia (off Shop Rd across from SPCA). M-F 8:30 a.m.- 5 p.m.

Richland County:

  • Caughman Rd Park, 2733 Trotter Rd, Hopkins M-F 2-9 p.m., Sat 9 a.m.- 8 p.m., Sun – 1-6 p.m. Closed.
  • Friarsgate Park, 1712 Chadford Rd, Irmo. M-F 2-9 p.m., Sat 9 a.m.- 8 p.m., Sun 1-6 PM
  • Polo Road Park, 800 Polo Rd, Columbia. M-F 2-9 PM, Sat 9 a.m.- 8 p.m., Sun 1-6 PM
  • St. Andrews Park, 920 Beatty Rd, Columbia. M-W-F 2-9 p.m., Sat 9 a.m.  - 8 p.m., Sun 1-6 p.m. 
  • Richland Co. C&D Landfill Drop-off Center, 1070 Caughman Rd. North, Columbia (off Monticello). M-F 7 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Sat 7 a.m.  – 12:30 p.m.. Note: tree recycling is not guaranteed at the Richland County C&D Landfill

Free mulch will be available starting 8:30 a.m. Saturday, January 15, 2022, until the mulch runs out, at 

  • Seven Oaks Park, 200 Leisure Lane, Columbia, 29210
  • South Carolina State Farmers Market, 3483 Charleston Hwy., West Columbia, 29172

For more information, please call (803) 733-1139 or visit www.keepthemidlandsbeautiful.org

In Sumter County, you can drop off your trees at the following locations:

  • Sumter County Recycling Centers at Rainaire Boulevard, Stamey Livestock Road, Cane Savannah Road, Queen Chapel Road, Bethel Church Road, Alligator Branch Road, Pleasant Grove Road and Spencer Road
  • At the entrance to Dillon Park, off Frontage Road
  • Residents of the City of Sumter can leave their trees curbside for collection by the city January 3-13.

Free mulch will be available for Sumter residents on a first-come, first-served bases 7-9 a.m. on January 15. Bring your own bags, tools to pick up the mulch and a way to haul it off.

For more information, contact Sumter County Public Works at (803) 436-2241 or Sumter Public Services at (803) 436-2258.

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