Columbia, SC (WLTX) -- Now that Christmas is over, your Christmas Trees can have a second life through the Grinding of the Greens program.
Organizers with Keep the Midlands Beautiful help recycle the trees by grinding them down to mulch, which will be made available to the public for free in three weeks.
If you would like to donate your tree, organizers ask that you make sure to remove the tree from its stand and remove all ornaments and lights.
There are 16 drop-off locations in Lexington and Richland counties, and you can donate your tree until Jan. 13, 2012.
--> City of Columbia Compost Facility -121 Humane Lane, Columbia. (Off Shop Road across from SPCA). M-F, 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
--> Clemson Institute for Economic & Community Development -900 Clemson Rd
--> Crooked Creek Park - 1098 Old Lexington Highway, Chapin. (Next to Chapin Middle School). Daily 7:30 AM - 11:00 PM
--> Fort Jackson Recycling Center - Building #6568 on Lee Road, Fort Jackson. (Enter the Fort through Gate 2 on Forest Drive. After Burger King, turn left onto Lee Road.) M-F, 7:00 AM - 3:00 PM, Sat 8:30 - 3:30 PM
--> Friarsgate Park - 1712 Chadford Rd., Irmo. M-F 2-9 PM, Sat 9-8 PM, Sun 1-6 PM
--> Hollow Creek Tree Farm - 228 Windmill Road, Gilbert
--> Hopkins Park - 150 Hopkins Park Road, Hopkins. M-F 2 PM-9 PM, Sat. 9 AM-8PM
--> Lexington Co. C&D Landfill - 498 Landfill Lane, Lexington. M-Sat 7:00 AM - 4:30 PM
--> Lexington Co. Sandhills Collection Center - 3241 Charleston Hwy., Cayce M-W-F, Sat 7:00 AM - 7:00 PM, Sun 3:00 - 7:00 PM
--> Lexington Co. Southeast Collection Center - 538 Martin Neese Road, Swansea. M-W-F, Sat 7:00 AM -7:00 PM, Sun 3:00 - 7:00 PM
--> Meadowlake Park -600 Beckman Rd Columbia. M-F 2-9 PM, Sat 9-8 PM, Sun 1-6 PM
--> Polo Road Park - 730 Polo Road, Columbia. M-F 2-9 PM, Sat 9-8 PM, Sun 1-6 PM
--> Richland Co. C&D Landfill - 1070 Caughman Road, North (Off Monticello). M-F 8:00 AM - 6:30 PM, Sat 12:30 - 5:30 PM
--> Richland Co. Lower Richland Drop-off Center - 10531 Garners Ferry Road, Columbia. M-Sat 8:00 AM - 7:00 PM, Sun 12:30-6:00 PM
--> Saxe Gotha Presbyterian Church - 5508 Sunset Blvd. (Highway 378), Lexington
--> Seven Oaks Park - 200 Leisure Lane, Columbia. (Near the intersection of St. Andrews and Piney Grove Roads.)