Snoqualmie Valley residents can start the new year on a green note by recycling their Christmas trees, rather than throwing them in the garbage.
From composting to curbside recycling, locals have a number of ways to dispose of Yule trees in less-wasteful ways.
In Snoqualmie, Christmas Tree Pick-Up Service is 8 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 4.
To take part, have your tree in driveway or beside the curb before 8 a.m., for pickup by local Scouts. A suggested donation of $10 should be enclosed in an envelope and attached to the base of the tree, with checks payable to BSA Troop 115.
This annual fundraiser benefits local Boy Scout Troops 115, 425, and 466.
In King County, several companies in King County collect Christmas trees for recycling – at rates that are lower than the transfer station. For information, visit http://your.kingcounty.gov/solidwaste/garbage-recycling/documents/Tree-Cycling-flier.pdf.
A number of community groups sponsor Christmas tree-cycling fundraising events, including scouting troops, churches and others. For a small donation, they will pick up your tree and deliver it to a commercial recycler. Look for neighborhood flyers for recycling events.
Trees – minus the tinsel and other decorations – can be chipped into landscaping material or ground into compost. Diverting trees from the landfill leaves more room for the stuff that really needs to be there.
For more information, call the King County Solid Waste Division, Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., at 206-477-4466 or toll free, at 1-800-325-6165, ext. 6-4466, TTY Relay: 711 or visit the website at http://your.kingcounty.gov/solidwaste/index.asp.