April all across the county is designated as clean up, fix up, paint up and plant up.

Let’s make Pickens County shine, by cleaning up our yards, doing that painting and planting, you have been putting off.  Keep Pickens Beautiful will be presenting an award at the end of April, to a home and business that has beautified their property. You can nominate someone by calling our office at 706-253-3600, or go online and send us a picture. [email protected]

KPB Honors Al Rothe

Mary Ann Rentz, KPB President and Al Rothe

Keep Pickens Beautiful honored longtime board member Al Rothe, who served as a faithful member for five years.    Al was presented with a plaque by the KPB Board of Directors, at their monthly meeting.

Al was a great resource, hard worker and contributed to many KPB projects over the years of his service.  Al, you will be missed.

If you would like to join KPB and help keep our county clean and beautiful, call our office at 706-253-3600, or visit our web page at www.keeppickensbeautiful.org, for more information.  KPB is celebrating 30 years of keeping Pickens Beautiful.

Christmas Tree at the Library

Keep Pickens Beautiful would like to say “Thank you” to the students at Harmony Elementary School who participated in making decorations for the KPB Christmas tree.  The tree is part of the Festival of Trees held yearly at the Pickens County Library.  Susan Anderson, their teacher, had the children use their imaginations to create the ornaments by recycling everyday items such as paper, corks, milk cartons, light bulbs.  The students came up with great ways to recycle everyday items we might call trash into unique tree ornaments.  Please take time out of your busy schedule to visit the library during regular hours and view all the beautifully decorated trees.  Keep Pickens Beautiful would like to invite you to make a New Year’s resolution to start recycling in your home or workplace in 2019.  If you need help or more information about recycling please call the KPB office at 706-253-3600, or visit our web page at keeppickensbeautiful.org.

Bring One For The Chipper 2019


WHEN: Saturday, January 5, 2019, 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 28 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: KeepPickensBeautiful, 706-253-3600, or visit us at www.keeppickensbeautiful.org or Face book

2018 Results


Pickens County residents recycled 116 Christmas trees in 2018, diverting them from landfills, and chipping them up into useful mulch. In this day of artificial Christmas trees, that’s not bad. Let’s see if we can do better in 2019 and set a new record.

Results State

  • 94,417 trees were collected in total.  Of these, 90,157 were recycled into mulch for playgrounds, city and county landscaping projects, and individual homes.
  • 1,944 trees were sunk into lakes across the state to provide fish habitats. 1,294 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.
  • 52 local governments and/or organizations participated.
  • 130 collection sites were set up throughout the State.
  • 918 volunteers donated 3,307 hours of time.
  • Davey Tree Experts chipped 65,475 trees in Metro Atlanta