Many Marysville and Arlington residents will be able to recycle their Christmas trees this January thanks to service projects from local Boy Scout troops.
Leftover trees from the holiday season are being collected on Jan. 5 in both cities by local troops.
Marysville Tree Collection
Local Boy Scouts will be picking up trees at various Marysville neighborhoods on Jan. 5 and accepting them at Jennings Park as well.
“We’re putting envelopes on all the houses in the city of Marysville right now,” said Wanda McKinney, one of the organizers of the event.
For houses that receive a notification, “we will be picking up the trees that are left by the curbside that day,” she said.
Other locals with trees can still drop them off at the Jennings Park ball field parking lot at 5500 70th St. NE, Marysville. Boy Scouts will be collecting at the location from 7:30 a.m. to dark.
There should be no decorations or tinsel on the trees, said McKinney.
“And we cannot recycle plastic trees, just real trees,” she said.
Boy Scouts plan to help recycle the trees around the park.
“At Jennings Park the trees will be ground up and turned into bark that will be used for the trails and whatever else the city needs them for,” said McKinney.
“This is a community service project for the scouts. It is a way for us to get out and be seen helping out in the community,” she said.
The tree recycling is a free service for the community, although donations are accepted.
“Those funds would go back into our programs to help kids pay for trips to summer camp and other activities like hiking,” said McKinney.
Arlington Tree Collection
Arlington Boy Scout Troop 29 will be gathering trees left on curbs and accepting trees at Legion Park early this January.
On Jan. 5 the Scouts will be collecting trees throughout the day in Arlington residential areas.
“The Boy Scouts have been handing out flyers in all the major neighborhoods,” said Leana Korthuis, one of the organizers of the event.
There will also be a location at Legion Park to drop off trees from Jan. 1 to Jan. 5. On Jan. 5 Scouts will be there to help unload trees.
No tinsel, stands or other decorations should be on the tree, said Korthuis, and it should just be a “blank tree.”
“If someone has been missed during that day, they can contact us or drop off their tree at Legion Park,” said Korthuis.
If your neighborhood was missed you can contact Scoutmaster Shane Korthuis on Jan. 5 at 253-691-6673 said Leana Korthuis.
The collected trees are usually recycled with help of the city of Arlington.
“Last year we took them to the park to be chipped and mulched,” said Korthuis. That is how the trees usually get recycled, but the plans for this year haven’t been finalized yet, she said.
The service is free, although donations are appreciated, she said.
“Any donations help pay for and maintain equipment that the Boy Scouts use,” said Korthuis.
“We appreciate the support from the community for this project. It’s a long-standing tradition for us,” she said.