The weekend of New Year’s Day is prime time for getting rid of old Christmas trees, and while Alaska Waste won’t pick up your yellowing greenery, it is helping provide a way to clean up that spot in your living room.
For a small fee, Boy Scout Troop 626 will pick up your tree and use it as part of a winter bonfire scheduled for Jan. 14.
The fee is $10, and Kodiakans can call the Alaska Waste office at 486-5308 to arrange a pickup. If that fee is too steep, the scouts will open a drop-off location in the Safeway parking lot. It costs $5 to dispose of your tree that way, and the location will be open from 1 to 4 p.m. each of the next three Saturdays.
At 4 p.m. Jan. 14, the collected trees will go up in smoke on the vacant lot on Selief Lane extension, near the Little League baseball field.
The collected money won’t go up in smoke. All cash raised by the tree pickups will help the troop travel to West Virginia and attend the Boy Scouts’ 2013 national jamboree.
If the three ghosts of Christmas didn’t visit Scrooge this year, trees can still be thrown away for free in the bin next to the baler building at the Kodiak Island Borough Landfill.
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