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Scouts want to turn trees into trips

Boys Scouts from Troop 1541 help with trees that were dropped off at the Taco Bell tree recycling site. This is the fourth year of their program, which also has curbside pick up. - Courtesy photo
Boys Scouts from Troop 1541 help with trees that were dropped off at the Taco Bell tree recycling site. This is the fourth year of their program, which also has curbside pick up.
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The gifts are opened, the feast is over and the 7-foot fir in the living room has seen better days.

Rather than strapping the prickly monster to the top of your car and hauling it to a recycle location, a local Boy Scout troop has a simple solution. Kick it to the curb.

For a suggested $5 donation Boy Scout Troop 1541 will pick up your bare tree at your home. It also has a drop-off site at 3050 Bucklin Hill Road, near Taco Bell.

The program begins today from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and continues Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The boys will resume pick up service Jan. 3-4. To request curbside service send an e-mail to treebsa@aol.com including your name, address, phone number and pick up date. Or call (360) 692-3825. Requests must be received by 8 a.m. Jan. 2, 2004.

Organizers ask that tree owners enclose the donation in an envelope and attach it to the tree.

The tree recycling effort is a community one said Dr. Tim Kennedy, whose older son is a member of the Silverdale Lutheran Church-based Troop 1541.

“Not everyone has a truck to load it into,” Kennedy said, who admits he is a procrastinator when it comes to pitching the old tree.

A handful of volunteers have offered to drive trailers to pick the trees, Scott’s Tree Service will chip the trees and Kinko’s in Silverdale, which donated 2,500 fliers.

The donations offset costs for the troop’s summer camping trips and other activities Kennedy said.

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