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Keep the Midlands Beautiful Grinding of the Greens Tree Recycling program now underway

Lexington County, SC 12/27/2021 (Paul Kirby) – The Grinding of the Greens Live Christmas Tree Recycling Program is back again this year. This program provides a number of centralized live tree drop off sites across both Lexington and Richland Counties where you can easily leave your 2021 Christmas Tree to be ground into new, 2022, high-quality mulch. This saves landfill space and is extremely good for the environment. Best of all, starting on January 15th, the rich mulch is free for residents of both Lexington and Richland Counties until it runs out.

The program started on Sunday, December 26, 2021 and will continue through Saturday, January 15, 2022. Just take all the decorations off your tree, referrer to the locations chart below to find the drop off location closest to you, and then take it there and leave it. Make sure to look at the included times listed below because hours are not standardized. Once you drop your tree, you’re done until next year.

Here’s the locations and times list for your convenience:

Lexington County:

1. Crooked Creek Park - 1098 Old Lexington Highway, Chapin. (By Chapin Middle School) Daily 7:30 AM - 11 PM

2. Hollow Creek Tree Farm – 228 Windmill Rd, Gilbert. Daily 8 AM – 5 PM

3. Saxe Gotha Presbyterian Church – 5503 Sunset Blvd, Lexington. Daily 8 AM – 5 PM

4. Seven Oaks Park - 200 Leisure Lane, Columbia (by intersection of St. Andrews & Piney Grove). Daily 8 AM – 5 PM

5. Edmund C&D Landfill & Compost Facility – 498 Landfill Lane, Lexington, SC 29073. M-Sat 7 AM – 4:30 PM

City of Columbia:

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

Richland County:

2. Caughman Rd Park – 2733 Trotter Rd, Hopkins M-F 2-9 PM, Sat 9 AM - 8 PM, Sun – 1-6 PM Closed.

3. Friarsgate Park – 1712 Chadford Rd, Irmo. M-F 2-9 PM, Sat 9 AM - 8 PM, Sun 1-6 PM

4. Polo Road Park – 800 Polo Rd, Columbia. M-F 2-9 PM, Sat 9 AM - 8 PM, Sun 1-6 PM

5. St. Andrews Park - 920 Beatty Rd, Columbia. M-W-F 2 - 9 PM, Sat 9 AM - 8 PM, Sun 1-6 PM

6. 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. Note: tree recycling is not guaranteed at the Richland County C&D Landfill.

The mulching services is being provided as a service by Alpine Tree Care. This annual service is coordinated by Keep the Midlands Beautiful.

The mulch pickup procedure is as follows:

Starting at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday, January 15th, take whatever you plan to haul the mulch in to either:

Seven Oaks Park - 200 Leisure Lane, Columbia 29210


The South Carolina State Farmers’ Market - 3483 Charleston Highway, West Columbia 29172

As mentioned earlier, the mulch will be given away until supplies are exhausted.


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