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Recycle live Christmas trees through Scouting for Trees program

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Posted at 10:37 AM, Jan 05, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-05 11:37:19-05

OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) — The holidays are now over, but in some homes, Christmas trees remain.

Now, area Boy Scout troops are making it a bit easier to move forward with the Scouting for Trees program.

Eight troops will collect about 7,000 trees this holiday season.

Recycling your Christmas tree is great for the environment. Local boy scout troops have turned this into a door to door community service project.

The troops are hitting more than 30 zip codes, picking up live Christmas trees for recycling.

They are servicing the Omaha metro area as well as parts of Bellevue, Papillion, Ralston, La Vista, Gretna, Elkhorn and Bennington.

Troop 282 started this program and it has been going strong for 22 years.

After the trees are picked up they are ground, chipped, and used for mulch and fish habitat material in area lakes.

You just leave your tree on your curb and when they pick up your tree they leave a note on your door.

Over the years, a total of more than 35,000 trees have been collected.

The next Christmas tree pickup is this weekend, January 9 and 10.

You can call or go online and arrange for your tree to be picked up.

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