Boy Scouts’ Good Deed: Recycling Christmas Trees

Sure, yesterday was magical. Christmas is, you know, the “most wonderful time of year.”

But today. Christmas is so yesterday. Boxing Day is for Brits. Us go-getting Americans need to throw away the toys that no longer work. Toss out the leftovers.

And think about getting rid of that big Christmas tree too.

Fortunately, there’s help. At least for that last task.

Boy Scout Troop 39 of Westport will happily pick up your tree. That once beautiful, soon dying and needle-dropping symbol of recent holiday cheer can be disposed of with one simple mouse click.

The big day is Saturday, January 11. This is the 11th year in a row the Scouts are providing the service, so they’ve got the drill down pat. (And it’s a green drill: The trees are recycled as mulch. Typically they collect and chip enough trees to provide the town with 5 tons of garden mulch!)

Boy Scout Troop 39 to the rescue!

To register, click here. Reservations are limited so — unlike Christmas shopping — don’t delay.

Place your tree by your mailbox by 6:30 a.m. that morning.

The suggested donation is $20 per tree (cash or checks made out to “Boy Scout Troop 39” are fine). I’m sure the Scouts would not refuse higher amounts. Funds go toward activities like food drives, community service projects and backpacking trips.

The Boy Scouts are well known for “good turns” like helping old ladies across streets. Bush league. In Westport, they help little old ladies — and strapping young men — dispose of big old Christmas trees.

NOTE: The Scouts can’t accept wreaths or garlands (the wires ruin tree chippers). You’re on your own for those!

(Hat tip: Nanette Buziak)

4 responses to “Boy Scouts’ Good Deed: Recycling Christmas Trees

  1. Cristina Negrin

    They come to us in Southport too!

  2. I remember back around 1956, in the beginning of July going to a friend’s house In Westport and there, still standing, in his living room was his Christmas tree. The decorations were still on the tree; but, there were no pine needles left on the branches of the tree.

  3. The Scouts of Troop 39 do a great job. And this tree pick up is such a good idea for a fundraiser for a great cause. We have had the Troop pick up our tree the last 10 years, and the Scouts are always cheerful and respectful and so hard working! A few years ago, the Troop 39 Scouts collecting our tree found a cherished squirrel ornament that we had missed in the branches. They smartly placed the squirrel ornament neatly in our mailbox. That’s one of my favorite Christmas memories. Scout on!

  4. Thomas W. Jendrock

    Hi Dan,

    Unfortunately, the Boy Scouts of America continues to be a discriminatory organization 20 years into the new millennium.

    In 2019, over 25% (and a rapidly growing percentage) of Americans describe themselves as “non-religious” — atheists, agnostics, humanists, naturalists, etc.

    The BSA has taken the OFFICIAL position that:

    “The Boy Scouts of America maintains that no American can grow into the best kind of citizen without recognizing an obligation to [the Christian god] …”

    As a patriotic atheist American (and “the best kind of citizen”), I find that position to be offensive, bigoted, hateful, and intolerant.

    I hope that America will embrace the ideal that citizens of ALL beliefs deserve to be treated with EQUAL dignity, respect, understanding and compassion.

    Happy New Year!