Options abound for disposing of old Christmas trees

December 28, 2010

By Warren Kagarise

NEW — 8 a.m. Dec. 28, 2010

Issaquah residents eager to toss out a dried-out fir face a handful of options to dispose of natural Christmas trees.

Customers tired of evergreens dropping brown needles can set out trees for yard waste collection on regular collection days. The trees must be cut to 4 feet or less. Haulers do not collect trees decked in flocking or decorations.

For residents interested in recycling, or tree-cycling, the King County Solid Waste Division offers a list of recycling locations. Or, residents can drop off trees at Cedar Grove Composting near Issaquah and other recycling sites.

Residents can also wait until Jan. 8 to dispose of old trees.

Starting at 10 a.m. Jan. 8, Issaquah High School Key Club members plan to pick-up and recycle Christmas trees in the South Cove area.

Key Club and the Kiwanis Club of Issaquah have offered holiday tree recycling in the community for a decade. Donations help fund community service projects of the Key Club.

Send donations to arrange for pickup, or place the tree curbside and a Key Club member will come to the door to collect the donation. Mail donations to IHS Key Club, Adviser Josh Moore, Issaquah High School, 700 Second Ave. S.E., Issaquah, WA 98027.

Local Boy Scout troops also plan to collect old Christmas trees in the Issaquah Highlands and Sammamish then. Scouts pick up trees curbside in the communities. Organizers suggest a $15 to $25 donation per tree.

Participants should place a check payable to Boy Scouts of America in a sealed 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 the item to the tree.

Organizers ask for trees without nails, tinsel or flocking. Artificial trees and trees with metal attached cannot 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.

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