WESTPORT, Conn. – If you haven’t already, you may be wondering how to best dispose of your Christmas tree in Westport. One option is to take it to the yard waste site. Or, you can have your tree hauled away and recycled by a local Boy Scout troop.
On Jan. 12, Boy Scout Troop 39 is hosting its third annual Christmas tree pickup community service project. For a suggested donation of $16, you can have your tree picked up outside your home by a team of Scouts. All collected trees are recycled into mulch to be used by the town, said Assistant Scout Master Eric Montgomery.
“It’s ecologically sound and for a good cause,” Montgomery said.
The program is the troop’s biggest fundraiser, Montgomery said. All collected donations go toward paying for a variety of the troop’s character-building activities and community service projects, like its annual food drive, backpacking trips, scuba diving trips and more.
Last year, Montgomery said the troop collected 400 trees. He said the troop is hoping to exceed that number this year. As of Thursday afternoon, 330 residents signed up to have their trees collected, Montgomery said.
“I’m confident we’ll get over 400,” he said.
To have your tree collected by the Scouts, fill out a sign-up sheet online.
Trees should be placed outside near the mailbox by 6:30 a.m. Jan. 12. Montgomery suggests residents put their tree out the night before.
The suggested $16 donation should be placed inside an envelope and taped to the front door. Donations can be cash or check (made payable to "Boy Scout Troop 39").