Boy Scouts get head start on Christmas tree recycling

Courtesy Brooks Rushman

Posted By: Nicole Cousins

It was a busy Monday morning for Boy Scouts Troop 8 in Lincoln.

Around 50 troop members got up early to start collecting trees from area homes and businesses.

Assistant Scoutmaster Brooks Rushman said the group collected 300 trees on Monday alone. That doesn’t include the dozens of trees that were dropped off at various locations around the city.

This is the second year the Boy Scouts in Lincoln have gotten involved in picking up trees from homes and businesses, but it’s the 30th year the Capital City has provided free tree recycling for area residents. In a press release, the City says it’s collected nearly 230,000 trees since 1986.

 The City will provide holiday tree recycling service from Christmas Day through Sunday January 15 at these seven sites:

  • Ballard Park, 3901 N. 66th Street

  •  Holmes Lake Park, 70th and Normal streets, parking lot west of north softball field

  • Hofeling Enterprises, 2200 S. Folsom Court

  • Oak Lake Park, First and Charleston streets, parking lot on west side of lake

  • Tierra Park, 29th Street and Tierra Drive

  • University Place Park, 50th and Garland streets

  • Woods Park, 31st and “J” streets, southeast corner of parking lot

As for the Boy Scouts, there are 7 more days you can sign up for pick-up. December 31st, January 1st, 2nd, 7th, 8th, 14th and 15th. The service is, again, free, but donations are also accepted.

You must schedule pickup at least 24 hours in advance, and have your tree in your front yard by 9 a.m. Schedule that pickup at or by calling 402-965-1458.