Boy scouts to help remove unwanted Christmas trees
December 30, 2008
By Michael Rowe
Christmas trees may be the penultimate holiday decoration, but as they get dry, start to shed their needles and loose their festive appearance, it’s time for them to leave home. This prompts the question: where should the trees go?
The Boy Scouts of Troops 425, 466, 701 and 706 have the answer, and will pick up trees from homes in Snoqualmie and North Bend on Saturday, Jan. 10, 2009.
The Boy Scouts will deliver the ex-Christmas trees to North Fork Enterprises off Millpond Road in Snoqualmie, where they will be recycled into wood chips. North Fork Enterprises sells the chips to the Kimberly-Clark Corporation in Everett where they become fuel for the company’s factory.
“Last year, there were hundreds of trees dropped off for chipping,” said Kirsten Weinmeister, city of Snoqualmie recycling coordinator and manager of the city’s tree recycling program. “More than 800 trees were delivered by the Scouts to be recycled in early 2008. This year, we expect even more, as folks learn of the program we have available.”
Flyers for the tree-recycling program were distributed to homes throughout Snoqualmie and North Bend in mid-December. To get a Christmas tree recycled, residents should attach the flyer to the tree and leave the tree in a driveway or in front of a home by 8 a.m. on Jan. 10. Area residents may also drop-off trees for free on January 10, 8:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. at the Weyerhaeuser mill site, 38800 SE Mill Pond Road. The city advises that residents should not leave trees at the King Street parking lot as in years past.
The service is free, but a donation of $10 per home is recommended. Checks should be made payable to Troop 425.
The program is sponsored by the city of Snoqualmie Parks Department, the Boy Scouts of America, North Fork Enterprise and the King County Solid Waste Reduction and Recycling Program. The program not only provides an important recycling service to area homes, but also helps to support Boy Scout programs and community participation.
Reach reporter Michael Bayless Rowe at firstname.lastname@example.org or 392-6434.