It’s that time of year again, when the holiday trimmings come off, get put into big plastic storage bins and stored in the shed, leaving behind a dilapidated and dried up, dangerously-flammable Christmas tree with no place to go.
Oh wait – there is some place your tree can go, and it can help some local Boy Scouts:
Boy Scout Troop #375’s annual Tree Recycling Event is Saturday and Sunday, January 5 and 6, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Five Corners location where Herr Backyard Garden Center used to be located (corner of SW 160th and 1st Ave South – see map below).
Cost is $5 donation per tree.
“Free hot chocolate will be served,” said Scoutmaster Mark Ufkes. “And our polite boys will remove your tree from your car and share a smile. Free bags of our ‘Good Karma Christmas Tree Compost’ are available for the asking. Bring a bag!”
The trees are de-limbed and chipped, and the trunks are turned into firewood and sold to raise money for the local scouts.
It’s a quick, easy and painless way to recycle – you can do it without even leaving your car, as several hard-working young scouts will be on hand.
“We have 28 boys, and we use the revenue to fund our monthly outdoor activities and as scholarship funding to make sure that all our boys can attend boy scout summer camp regardless of their financial situation at home,” Ufkes added. “Our boy scout troop is chartered by Saint Francis Assisi Catholic Church. We have produced almost 40 Eagle Scouts since 1995.”
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Here are some photos from previous Boy Scout recycling events as shot by Scott Schaefer:
According to the Des Moines Historical Society, Boy Scout Troop #375 was formed March 17, 1924 by Rev. Beatty, Scoutmaster, Rollin Case, and Franklin Lowery. In 1923 Rev. Cyrus Gilbert, a teacher at Sunnydale and Highline High School, had established a troop at Sunnydale.
Other tree recycling options include:
CURBSIDE RECYCLING VIA WASTE MANAGEMENT:
Undecorated holiday trees are accepted with regularly scheduled curbside yard collection if they are:
- Free of flocking, tinsel & ornaments
- Cut in pieces less than 4 feet long, and
- Less than 4 inches in diameter at the base
- Multi-family complexes can order a special drop box for recycling holiday greens by calling 1-800-592-9995.
CURBSIDE RECYCLING VIA ALLIED WASTE:
- Allied Waste provides curbside collection of Christmas Trees to single-family residential yard debris customers.
- Yard Debris customers can set Christmas trees out on their regularly scheduled collection day.
- Trees must be free of flocking, tinsel, ornaments and metal hangers, cut to 4′ lengths and tied into bundles less than 2′ wide.
- Use biodegradable string or twine – no nylon, plastic or other synthetic materials.
- Flocked trees are not recyclable and will not be accepted – put flocked trees in the garbage.
DO IT YOURSELF:
- King County has several options for recycling Christmas trees – check out their special website here.