Recycle your Christmas tree for safety and a good cause

EVERETT — Don’t forget to recycle the Christmas tree.

Safety experts recommend getting rid of dried out Christmas trees quickly, because they’re fire hazards. Plus, a couple of community organizations will take the trees to raise money for a good cause.

Over the next few days, local Boy Scouts plan to recycle thousands of Christmas trees as part of an annual fundraiser.

For information on how to contact your neighborhood troop, visit their pick-up map at http://dryneedles.com.

The site has detailed information for most areas of Snohomish County and some parts of neighboring counties. Tree pickup and drop-off services and times vary by troop.

You may also call 425-338-0380 for information.

Many local tree-recycle companies offer their services to the Scouts for free or at a discount, Scouting officials said. Some trees get used for compost or as ground cover to create nature trails.

The Scouts use the proceeds to fund activities such as leadership training and camping trips.

Meanwhile, Everett Community College offers free tree-recycling drop-off between 7:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. weekdays from Jan. 2 to Jan. 30.

Trees must be free of decorations, including tinsel. Flocked trees are not allowed.

The recycled trees are turned into wood chips and used in flowerbeds and mulch projects on campus. The drop-off site is by Glacier Hall in parking lot F.

For more information, call 425-388-9070.

A parking map is available at www.everettcc.edu/maps.

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