FAIRFIELD — Christmas may be still a week away, but local Boy Scout troops and Solano Garbage Company are putting out the word on how to ecologically get rid of your Christmas tree once the holiday is over.
Fairfield and Suisun City’s Boy Scout troops will be out Dec. 29 and Jan. 5 to collect trees in the Fairfield/Suisun City area.
Residents need to first call 646-1740 and leave their name, address and phone number in order to get the trees collected. The trees have to be ready for pickup before 7 a.m. on the day of collection. The Scouts are asking residents to remove any lights, ornaments and stands from the trees before putting them out to be collected.
There is an expected donation for each tree.
Recycling keeps the trees out of local dumps, according to the Scouts. The trees will be fed into a chipper and recycled as landscaping bedding.
Solano Garbage Company will collect trees in the Fairfield, Suisun City and Travis Air Force Base area from Dec. 26 until Jan. 15. The tree collections will be on the same day as regular garbage collection.
Lights, ornaments, tinsel and other trimming have to be removed as well as any stands. Flocked or artificial trees will not be accepted. Any trees 6 feet or taller have to be cut in half. The trees should be put in the green waste cart with the lid closed. For more information, call 437-8900.
Seven Vacaville Boy Scout troops have split up Vacaville for collecting and recycling trees after Christmas. Your location determines the donation amount, whether flocked trees can be taken and if there’s a drop-off location.
For a map of where and when each Scout troop will collect trees, expected donations for pickup, what kinds of trees they will collect and contact information, go to www.ci.vacaville.ca.us/modules/showdocument.aspx?documentid=2127.
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