As the holiday season rolls on, the day which creates the most mess – Christmas Day – has passed.

Several green methods are available to use when cleaning up. Christmas trees, cards and gift-wrappings can all be put to good use either by fish, gardens or disadvantaged children to keep the cycle of giving going.


Christmas trees are being recycled on both sides of the Savannah River with the goal of improving the environment for marine animals.

In Aiken County, the recycling centers are accepting trees that can be used by locals to create fishing beds. Trees will be available for pickup until the week after the Wise Men, or Magi, arrived to bring gifts to celebrate the first Christmas. Or, less esoterically, the week of Jan. 7.

After that, the County will either mulch the remaining trees or place them in the landfill, though no decision has been made as of publication.

The cities of North Augusta and Aiken will both pick up real trees along normal garbage collection routes.

On the Georgia side of the river, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers are accepting trees through Jan. 5 – or the Twelfth Night – at Riverside Middle School at 1095 Furys Ferry Road in Evans, Ga.

The recycled trees will be placed in various locations throughout J. Strom Thurmond Lake; Corps rangers and volunteers will place submerged trees around fishing piers and in other locations to improve fishing habitats. Additional trees will be staged at select boat ramps around the lake for anglers to use.

To obtain a list of locations where the trees will be available, contact the Corps’ J. Strom Thurmond Lake Office at (800) 533-3478 after Jan. 10.

Christmas Cards

Each year, a charitable program in Nevada, St. Jude’s Ranch, accepts cards and turns them into an opportunity. The facility has a 40-year history of healing and caring for abused, abandoned and neglected children.

St. Jude’s recycles used greeting cards and creates new holiday and greeting cards for any occasion. Recycled cards are sold in packs of 10 for $10 to support local programs and services.

According to the organization, “the program is beneficial to everyone – customers receive fun, ‘green’ holiday cards they can feel good sending to their friends and loved ones, and the children at St. Jude’s Ranch receive payment for their work and learn about basic job skills and the importance of recycling.”

Mail donations to :

St. Jude’s Ranch for Children

Recycled Card Program

100 St. Jude’s St.

Boulder City, NV 89005

County recycling centers are at:

537 Edgefield Road, Belvedere

458 Huber Clay Road, Langley

2120 Williston Road, New Ellenton

214 Bettis Academy Road, Graniteville

1491 Reynolds Pond Road, Aiken

102 Cedar Road, Windsor

270 Center St. E., Perry

240 New Holland Road, Couchton

121 Chalk Bed Road, New Holland

118 Trojan Road, Monetta