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Give your Christmas tree a second life with Grinding of the Greens

The annual event collects holiday trees to grind for free mulch available for gardeners and homeowners.

Purchasing a live Christmas tree this year for your holiday decoration? You can give it a second life as mulch after celebrations are done. 

Keep the Midlands Beautiful announced the dates for the annual Grinding of the Greens Christmas Tree Recycling Program

Only trees will be accepted at drop-off points in Columbia, Richland and Lexington counties from Dec. 26 to Jan. 7, so remember to:

  • remove the tree from the tree stand
  • remove all ornaments, decorations, lights and tinsel from the tree
  • remove any ropes, twine, wire or ties 
  • remove the tree from any bag, tarp, sheet or any material used to transport it to the drop-off site

Hours and locations vary, so check out the attached document or call (803) 733-1139 for a location in your area.

Greens program offered by Keep the Midlands Beautiful!  Remove all lights, tinsel and ornaments from the tree.  Remove the tree from the bag, tarp, sheet or other material used to hold it.  Remove any tags, strings, wires or ties from the tree.  Drop off trees only.

City of Columbia

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

Richland County

  • Caughman Rd Park – 2733 Trotter Rd, Hopkins M-F 2-9 PM, Sat 9 AM - 8 PM, Sun – 1-6 PM Closed
  • Clemson Road Recycling Site – 900 Clemson Rd. (across from the Village at Sandhill) 9 AM-6 PM (Closed M&W)
  • Fort Jackson Recycling Center - Building #5671 on Lee Rd, Fort Jackson. (Enter the Fort through Gate 2 on Forest Dr. After Burger King, turn left onto Lee Rd.) M-F, 7 AM – 3 PM, Sat 8:30 AM – 3:30 PM
  • Friarsgate Park – 1712 Chadford Rd, Irmo. M-F 2-9 PM, Sat 9 AM - 8 PM, Sun 1-6 PM
  • Lower Richland Drop-off Center - 10531 Garners Ferry Rd. M-W-F & Sat.  8 AM.- 5 PM.; Sunday 12:30 - 5 PM
  • Polo Road Park – 800 Polo Rd, Columbia. M-F 2-9 PM, Sat 9 AM - 8 PM, Sun 1-6 PM
  • Richland Co. C&D Landfill Drop-off Center– 1070 Caughman Rd. North, Columbia (off Monticello). M-F 7 AM –4:30 PM, Sat 7 AM – 12:30 PM
  • Richland County Tennis Center - 7500 Parklane Rd, Columbia M-TH 9 AM - 9 PM, F 9 AM - 6 PM
  • St. Andrews Park- 920 Beatty Rd, Columbia. M-W-F 2 - 9 PM, Sat 9 AM - 8 PM, Sun 1-6 PM

Lexington County

  • Ball Park Collection & Recycling Center - 301 Ball Park Rd, Lexington. M-W-F & Sat 7 AM – 7 PM, Sun 3 - 7 PM
  • Bush River Rd Collection & Recycling Ctr. - 6109 Bush River Rd Columbia. M-W-F & Sat 7AM–7PM, Sun 3-7PM
  • Chapin Collection & Recycling Center - 103 Distant Lane, Chapin. M-W-F & Sat 7 AM – 7 PM, Sun 3 - 7 PM
  • Crooked Creek Park - 1098 Old Lexington Highway, Chapin. (by Chapin Middle School). Daily 7:30 AM - 11 PM
  • Edmund Collection & Recycling Center - 325 Landfill Lane, Lexington. M-W-F & Sat 7 AM – 7 PM, Sun 3 – 7 PM
  • Edmund C&D Landfill – 498 Landfill Lane, Lexington, SC 29073.  M-Sat 7 AM – 4:30 PM
  • Hollow Creek Tree Farm – 228 Windmill Rd, Gilbert. Daily 8 AM – 5 PM
  • Sandhills Collection & Recycling Center– 3241 Charleston Hwy, Cayce. M-W-F & Sat 7 AM –7 PM, Sun 3–7 PM
  • Saxe Gotha Presbyterian Church – 5503 Sunset Blvd, Lexington. Daily 8 AM – 5 PM
  • Seven Oaks Park - 200 Leisure Lane, Columbia (by intersection of St. Andrews & Piney Grove) Daily 8 AM – 5 PM
  • Southeast Collection & Recycling Ctr. – 538 Martin Neese Rd, Swansea M-W-F & Sat 7 AM - 7PM, Sun 3 - 7PM

Free mulch from the recycled Christmas trees will be available to the public on Saturday, Jan. 9, 2020 from 8:30 am until the mulch runs out at Seven Oaks Park - 200 Leisure Lane, Columbia 29210. (near the intersection of St. Andrews and Piney Grove Roads) and the Richland County Tennis Center (7500 Parklane Rd. Columbia).