Bring One for the Chipper


WHEN:                      Saturday, January 6, 2018, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

WHAT:                      Area residents will go green and drop off Christmas trees to be chipped into mulch or used as a wildlife habitat. The event educates the public on recycling and environmental conservation.  It also allows communities to put discarded Christmas trees to good use.  The program has been a holiday tradition in Georgia for more than 25 years and is the largest tree recycling program in the nation.

WHERE:                   Your old tree will be reused as mulch or wildlife habitat. Drop off your undecorated Christmas tree for recycling at the Park’n Ride across from the Pickens County Chamber of Commerce Building in Newton Park (500 Stegall Street)

FOR INFORMATION CALL:      Keep Pickens Beautiful, 706-253-3600

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2017 Result                                                                                                          

94,417 trees were collected in total.  Of these, 82,941 were recycled into mulch for playgrounds, city and county landscaping projects, and individual homes.

  • 2,709 trees were sunk into lakes across the state to provide fish habitats. 776 were used for fuel or other uses.
  • Over 6 million Christmas trees have been recycled and diverted from landfills since the start of the program.
  • 48 local governments and/or organizations participated.
  • 151 collection sites were set up throughout the State.
  • 673 volunteers donated 2,254 hours of time.
  • Davey Tree Experts chipped 54,410 trees in Metro Atlanta

Thanks to Harmony Elementary

Keep Pickens Beautiful would like to say “Thank you” to the students at Harmony Elementary School and teacher Susan Anderson for decorating our Christmas tree at the Library again this year. KPB features recycling, the students take the most unusable items and by using their imagination to create tree ornaments. Decorations are made from unlikely items like corn cobs, light bulbs, milk cartons and cans, proving that recycling can be fun and creative.


Keep Pickens Beautiful is pleased to announce a new member of our community has joined our board of directors  Robert Morgan.  Mr. Morgan is a manger of environmental compliance within the Poultry industry.  Mr. Morgan has held leadership positions in the environmental field where he has managed multiple environmental operations.  Mr. Morgan holds both a Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering Technology and a Master degree in Business Administration.  Mr. Morgan has held Georgia Water Operator and Wastewater Operator Class 1 licenses for the last four years.  Mr. Morgan is married to Keri and has four children that range in age from one to thirteen..

KPB is looking forward to the use of his time and talents to enhance our efforts working to keep Pickens Beautiful and reducing solid waste in our county.  If you would like more information on how you can join in our mission, contact our office at 706-253-3600 or visit our web page at

KPB Members Recycle Eggs

KEEP PICKENS BEAUTIFUL members collect eggs to recycle for next year…

Great American Cleanup Month Proclaimed

On March 17th, Board Members from Keep Pickens Beautiful met with Commissioner Rob Jones, Commissioner Becky Denney, Mayor John Weaver of Jasper, Mayor Carol Opdenhoff of Talking Rock and   to officially proclaim April, 2015 as the official “Keep Pickens Beautiful/The Great American Cleanup” month for  Pickens County.  KPB appreciates the fact that our community leaders came together to make this proclamation and to support our continuing efforts to keep our community looking beautiful and clean.

L to R Standing: Ron Jager, Chief Greg Lowell City of Jasper ,Angel Price, Commissioner Becky Denney, Gloria Proudfoot, Bart Connelly. Seated: Mayor John Weaver, Commissioner Rob Jones, Mayor Carol Opdenhoff

L to R Standing: Ron Jager, Chief Greg Lowell City of Jasper ,Angel Price, Commissioner Becky Denney, Gloria Proudfoot, Bart Connelly. Seated: Mayor John Weaver, Commissioner Rob Jones, Mayor Carol Opdenhoff

Keep America Beautiful reported the results of the Great American Cleanup of 2014 as follows:
  • 37 Million pounds of litter and debris collected, 7,200 miles of water ways and shorelines cleaned
  • 2 Million volunteers totaling 7.9 million volunteer hours
  • 3 Million educational work shop attendees
  • 108,00 Parks, public lands cleaned, 41,00 trees planted
  • 2 Million pounds of hazardous waste collected
  • 71 Million Pet (plastic bottles) collected

KPB would like to thank all those who took part in last years GAC and encourage you to continue this work in 2015.  Be part of the big picture! For more information on how you can be a part of Keep Pickens Beautiful, call our office at 706-253-3600, or go to our web page (  for more details about the planned public events for this year.