Recycle Your Christmas Tree - Grinding of the Greens

Sumter County and the City of Sumter are giving residents an opportunity to recycle their Christmas trees at the annual "Grinding of the Greens."  Donated Christmas trees will be made into mulch. It gives residents a chance to be 'green' with their discarded trees.

Before donating your tree to the “Grinding of the Greens,” please note the following: only live Christmas trees will be accepted - no wreaths, garland, greenery or tree stands.  Please remove all tinsel, lights, and decorations.

You can donate your tree at the following locations:

  • County Recycling Centers:
    • Rainaire Boulevard,
    • Stamey Livestock Road,
    • Cane Savannah Road,
    • Pinewood Road,
    • Queen Chapel Road,
    • Bethel Church Road,
    • Alligator Branch Road,
    • Pleasant Grove Road, and
    • Spencer Road
  • At the entrance to Dillon Park (off Frontage Road)
  • City residents may place their tree curbside. The city will collect the trees from January 2nd – 12th

On Saturday, January 14, 2023, from 7-9 AM, at Dillon Park, FREE mulch made from Christmas trees will be distributed to residents on a first-come, first-served basis.  If you would like to have some mulch, bring containers or bags, tools to pick it up, and a way to haul it.  Even those who do not donate a tree can receive mulch.

For more information on Grinding of the Greens, call Sumter County Public Works at 803-436-2241 or City of Sumter Public Services at 803-436-2558.