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What to do with that tree now that Christmas is past

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Now that Christmas has passed, there are a few different locations in Central Kitsap where you can go to have your tree recycled.

Two separate Boy Scout Troops, as well as Kitsap County Public Works, are recycling Christmas trees for local residents. No flocked trees will be accepted and all nails, tinsel, lights and ornaments must be removed from the trees.

Boy Scout Troop 1506 of Tracyton is accepting Christmas trees for recycling at any time starting Thursday, Dec. 30 until Monday, Jan. 10 at the Scout Hall at 5074 Bunker St. in Tracyton. Troop 1506 suggests a donation of $5 which can be left at the hall’s front door.

“The money helps provide a facility for the boys and programs for them,” said Mike Heesacker, scoutmaster for Troop 1506. “It’s one of our biggest fund-raisers of the year. It becomes a fun outing and allows them to earn their own way and the money helps because we manage our own property. There are a lot of expenses whether it’s utility, heating or water. This is pretty important to us and our continued programs.”

The father of a former Boy Scout mulches the trees into ground cover and bark. Last year the troop recycled more than 175 trees as part of a tradition it started in 1994.

“It really warms your heart because some people drop off donations without even dropping off a tree,” Heesacker said. “That’s a really cool thing about the community.”

Boy Scout Troop 1541 of Silverdale also is collecting trees for recycling as well as picking up trees from Silverdale residents. From 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. on Jan. 1-2

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