Kiss Christmas goodbye with Boy Scouts’ tree drive Saturday
January 8, 2010
By Warren Kagarise
NEW — 6 a.m. Jan. 8, 2010
Local Boy Scout troops will collect old Christmas trees Saturday in the Issaquah Highlands and Sammamish.
Scouts will pick up trees curbside at residences in the communities. Organizers suggest a $15 to $25 donation per tree pickup.
Place a check payable to Boy Scouts of America in an envelope, attach the envelope to the bottom of the tree with a rubber band and make sure the tree is ready at the curb by 9 a.m. In case of inclement weather, put the envelope in a plastic zipper bag and attach it to the tree.
Organizers ask for trees without nails, tinsel or flocking. Artificial trees and trees with metal attached will not be accepted.
Local Scouts have conducted the annual Christmas tree recycling service project since January 1986. The drive serves as the Scouts’ main fundraiser for the year.
Organizers prefer picking up trees at residences. For residents outside the pickup areas, or who want to drop off a tree and donation in person, visit two Sammamish chipping sites between 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Saturday.
The north site is East Lake Sammamish Park, next to Margaret Mead Elementary School off Northeast 16th Street, near the 216th Avenue Northeast intersection.
The south site is the baseball field complex at Beaver Lake Park, 2600 244th Ave. S.E.
Learn more about the fundraiser, and donate to the scouts here.