Grinding of the Greens underway

Keep the Midlands Beautiful’s Grinding of the Greens Christmas Tree Recycling Program is underway through January 21.

Hours and locations vary.

Drop-off locations are near you in Lexington and Richland Counties.

Keep the Midlands Beautiful (KMB) coordinates the Grinding of the Greens Christmas tree recycling program for Richland and Lexington counties.

Grinding of the Greens educates the public about recycling and saves landfill space by grinding Christmas trees into mulch or reusing them for erosion control or fish and wildlife habitats. Since 1991, Grinding of the Greens has diverted hundreds of thousands of Christmas trees from local landfills, saving millions of cubic feet of landfill space.

Grinding of the Greens Christmas Tree Drop-off Locations until January 19

Lexington County:
Crooked Creek Park – 1098 Old Lexington Highway, Chapin. (By Chapin Middle School) Daily 7:30 am – 11 pm

Hollow Creek Tree Farm – 228 Windmill Road, Gilbert. Daily 8 am – 5 pm

Saxe Gotha Presbyterian Church – 5503 Sunset Boulevard, 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

City of Columbia:
Compost Facility – 121 Humane Lane, Columbia (off Shop Rodd across from SPCA). Monday – Friday 8:30 am – 5 pm

Richland County:
Caughman Rd Park – 2733 Trotter Road, Hopkins Monday – Friday 1-9 pm, Saturday 9 am – 6 pm, Sun – 1-6 pm.

Friarsgate Park – 1712 Chadford Road, Irmo. Monday – Friday 2-9 pm, Saturday 9 am – 8 pm, Sun 1-6 pm

Polo Road Park – 800 Polo Road, Columbia. Monday – Friday 2-9 pm, Saturday 9 am – 8 pm, Sun 1-6 pm

Richland County C&D Landfill Drop-off Center – 1070 Caughman Road. North, Columbia (off Monticello). Monday – Friday 7 am – 4:30 pm, Saturday 7 am – 12:30 pm. Note: tree recycling is not guaranteed at the Richland County C&D Landfill.

Free mulch from the recycled Christmas trees will be available to the public January 21, from 8:30 am until the mulch runs out at:

Seven Oaks Park – 200 Leisure Lane, Columbia

South Carolina State Farmers Market – 3483 Charleston Highway, West Columbia

This program is for residents only; growers and retailers must contact KMB prior to tree drop off.

Tree grinding is provided by Alpine Tree Care.

For more information, please call 803-733-1139 or visit

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