Scouts offer Christmas 'tree-cycling'
In south Snohomish County, tree-cycling helps Scouts throughout the year.
"The main fundraiser for the troops is to recycle the trees," said Steve Fisher, recycling coordinator for Edmonds and Lynnwood.
Last year, around 1,350 trees were collected in Edmonds and Lynnwood.
The Scouts usually ask for a $10 to $20 donation for each tree. For Troop 312 in Edmonds, about 300 trees were collected last year, earning around $3.000 for summer camps and other outdoor activities.
"People are very generous," said Fisher. They are also thankful for having an easy way to dispose of their trees, he added.
The chipped trees are turned into landscape material for private and public use.
Ornaments and tinsel must be removed from the trees, and no flocked trees can be accepted.
Most troops throughout the county plan to collect trees the first weekend in January. Scouts are distributing flyers to homes telling people of the event.
Davidson Scott, community chairman of Edmonds Troop 312, said his Scouts will set up a trailer at a local church to chip the trees. It takes about three hours to cut them all.
"We'll spread them in gardens to cover them up," Scott said.
Because the troop uses the church's space for this activity, it gives some of the wood chips to the church.
The annual treecycling events are a great opportunity for the boys, Scott said. They earn money without selling anything. They feel useful.
"It is surprising how they can have fun around the trees" said Scott.
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Find tree-cycling locations, including pick-up services, in Snohomish County at www.dryneedles.com
Drop-off locations in Snohomish County:
Troop 7, Jan 4, 8 a.m.-noon, Harbour Pointe LDS Church, 11001 Harbour Pointe Blvd., Mukilteo
Troop 18, Jan 5, 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Eastmont Park & Ride, 19th Ave SE & El Capitan Way.
Troop 20, Jan 5, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. and Jan 6, 10a.m.-3 p.m. Thornton A. Sullivan Park (aka Silver Lake Park) Silver Lake Beach, 11405 Silver Lake Rd, Everett
Troop 36, Dec 29 and Jan 5, 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Silver Lake Beach, 11405 Silver Lake Rd, Everett
Troop 49, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Alderwood Manor Youth Center, 19719 24th Ave. W, Lynnwood
Pack 56, Jan. 7, 9 a.m.-4 p.m, 14502 OK Mill Rd. Snohomish
Troop 61, Dec. 28, 8 a.m.-4 p.m.; Dec. 29, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.; and Jan. 4, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. at Albertson's, 4301-212th St SW, Mountlake Terrace; Roger's Market, 23120 56th Ave W,, Mountlake Terrace; and Safeway, 23632 Hwy 99, Edmonds
Troop 86, Jan 1, 9 a.m. Parking lot east of Stanwood High School by the green houses, 7400 272nd St NW, Stanwood
Troop 114, Jan 5. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. and Jan 6, Chuck's Chevron, 11704 Evergreen Way, Everett
Troop 267, Jan 5 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Cedar Wood Elementary, 3414 168th St SE, Bothell
Troop 300, Jan. 4, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. and Jan. 5, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Top Foods parking lot, 21900 Highway 99, Edmonds, and Westgate Elementary, 9601 220th St. SW, Edmonds
Troop 304, Dec 28, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.; Jan 4 and Jan 5, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. 56th Ave. W & 196th St. SW, Lynnwood
Troop 312, Jan. 4 and 5, 8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m., QC store parking lot, 196th St. SW & 76th Ave. W and PCC Market parking lot, Edmonds Way & 100th Ave. W., Edmonds
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