Boy Scouts to pick up Christmas trees Jan. 4


If you still have your Christmas tree and need a way to dispose of it, you have several options.

On Saturday, Jan. 4, Boy Scouts will be traveling around parts of Whatcom County to pick up trees in exchange for a donation. Trees should be on the curb by 8 a.m. and cleared of tinsel, stands and decorations.

There's no need to call ahead in some communities. Automatic pickup is available in Bellingham, Ferndale, Blaine, Lynden and Everson. People in Birch Bay, north Bellingham and Laurel can request a pickup by calling Phil McAfee, 360-733-1513.

Scouts will knock on doors to request donations or leave envelopes on doors. The money helps children who can't afford Scout camp fees and supplies. Don't leave a donation with the tree.

The trees picked up by the scouts are chipped and used as mulch in city parks.

The disposal company SSC offers a few options. Customers participating in SSC's Food Plus! program can place their tree inside their toter at no additional cost. If the tree is too big, it can be set beside the toter. In that case, pickup will cost $6 per tree up to 8 feet long.

SSC customers who don't use Food Plus! can arrange pickup for a $6 fee at 360-734-3490.

Another option is to take the tree to the SSC recycling center and transfer station at 1001 Roeder Ave., Bellingham, for a $6 fee for trees up to 8 feet.

Nooksack Valley Disposal accepts trees of any size for $2 at its facility at 250 Birch Bay-Lynden Road. Hours are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays and 9 a.m. to noon Saturdays.

Reach ZOE FRALEY at or call 756-2803.

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