Lincoln Boy Scouts help community recycle old Christmas trees

This is the seventh year that the Lincoln Boy Scouts have recycled Christmas trees as a part of the Scouting for Trees program.

LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) – In single digit temperatures, the Boy Scouts from Lincoln Troop 8 went around the city on Sunday to collect and recycle old Christmas trees.

“We’re picking up Christmas trees, because we want to recycle them to like, reduce the amount of waste going into landfills,” 11-year-old Lysander Frankland said.

This is the seventh year that the Lincoln Boy Scouts have recycled Christmas trees as a part of the Scouting for Trees program.

“I just think it’s fun personally because you get to just hop out, pick up the tree, throw in the back and then just go away,” Frankland said. “It’s just really fun.”

“It’s great,” Troop 8 committee chair Brooks Rushman said. “As they grow, they make new friends, they get to ride with different people that they’re not usually around and it kind of creates a bond within the troop.”

Rushman explains that when Christmas trees are brought to the landfill, they take a while to decompose, which releases harmful methane gas into the atmosphere.

Through recycling, the trees are turned into wood chips, which can be used as mulch, available for Lincoln residents to pick up for free at Holmes Lake Park and other collection sites.

For the young Boy Scouts, it’s both a team-building and an educational experience.

“You see them grow as they continue to do this, from those first-year scouts to those that have done this quite a few times,” Rushman said. “They start understanding the community service side, the recycling side, [and] giving back to our community is the whole reason we’re doing this.”

In total, six crews of Boy Scouts went around town to pick up more than 300 trees on Sunday.

Troop 8 will be collecting trees once again next weekend. You can make a reservation to have your tree picked up by visiting scouting4trees.org.

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