Boy Scout troops will pick up those dried-up Christmas trees around Whatcom County on Saturday, Jan. 10, 2015, for their tree recycling project.
The Scouts will automatically take any tree on the curb in the city limits of Bellingham, Ferndale, Blaine and Lynden. They will not be picking trees up in Everson.
Trees should be placed on the curb by 8 a.m. Saturday and cleared of any decorations. Scouts will knock on doors or leave envelopes for donations.
Residents living north of Bellingham or in the Birch Bay area can call Phil McAfee at 360-733-1513 to request a pickup.
Sudden Valley residents can leave their trees at a drop-off spot for the Scouts to pick up at the Valley Market and Deli, 2275 Lake Whatcom Blvd.
The trees will be turned into mulch used in city parks.
There are other options for Christmas tree removal as well. Subscribers to the Sanitary Service Co.’s FoodPlus! program can place their tree inside their toter at no additional cost. If the tree doesn’t fit in the toter, it costs $6 for a tree up to 8 feet long. People who are not FoodPlus! customers can schedule a curbside pickup in advance by calling 360-734-3490.
Residents also can also take their tree to the recycling center and transfer station at 1001 Roeder Ave. in Bellingham for a $6 fee for trees up to 8 feet.
Nooksack Valley Disposal, at 250 Birch Bay-Lynden Road, accepts trees for a $2 fee from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays and from 9 a.m. to noon Saturdays.