Here’s how to recycle your Christmas tree and holiday gift packaging:
Boy Scouts will pick up trees on the curb in Bellingham, Ferndale, Blaine and Lynden on Jan. 9. Trees should be clear of decorations and on the curb by 8 a.m. Scouts will knock on doors or leave envelopes for donations. The trees are turned into mulch for parks.
Other options: People in Sanitary Service Co.’s FoodPlus! program can put their tree in their toter at no extra charge. If the tree won’t fit, the cost is $6 for a tree up to 8 feet. People not in FoodPlus! can arrange pickup by calling 360-734-3490 or drop off their tree at 1001 Roeder Ave. The fee is $6 for a tree up to 8 feet.
At Nooksack Valley Disposal, 250 Birch Bay-Lynden Road, cleaned cut trees can be dropped off for $2 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays and 9 a.m. to noon Saturdays.
Wrapping and packaging paper: Most can be recycled, except those with foil. Crumpled paper used to cushion mailed gifts can be recycled.
Gift bags: Remove handles before recycling; put handles in trash. FoodPlus! customers can put handles made from natural fiber in their toters.
Cardboard: Gift boxes and cardboard boxes and tubes are recyclable. Sanitary Service accepts a pile of larger cardboard boxes up to 6 inches thick, 2 feet wide and 4 feet long for curbside pickup. Nooksack Valley accepts a pile 1 foot thick, 2 feet wide and 3 feet long.
Holiday cards: Plain and decorated cards are recyclable.
Toy packaging: The cardboard backing can be recycled. The hard, clear plastic cover and some other plastic items can be put in a large garbage bag and dropped off at 1001 Roeder Ave., for $5.
Ribbons and bows: Not recyclable but think about reusing them.
Packing peanuts: Nooksack Valley accepts plastic peanuts in bags and boxes so other people can reuse them. Ask a mailing store if they can use your peanuts.
Details: Sanitary Service, 360-734-3490; Nooksack Valley Disposal, 360-354-3400.