Christmas tree recycling to take place Saturday

Scouts will pick up trees and coats

Local Boy Scouts of America of the Columbia Gorge and Fort Vancouver districts will collect new or gently used coats, and pick up and recycle Christmas trees Saturday, Jan. 3.

Scouts will visit neighborhoods in Camas and Washougal, as well as Battle Ground and Vancouver, starting at 9 a.m.

Residents who would like to have their Christmas trees recycled should remove the stands, lights and ornaments and place the trees at their curb by 8 a.m.

The trees will be recycled through donated time and/or services from McFarlane’s Bark, 8806 N.E. 117th Ave., Vancouver; the City of Camas Operations Center, 1620 S.E. Eighth Ave.; West Van Materials Recovery Center, 6601 N.W. Old Lower River Road, Vancouver; Clark Public Utilities, 8600 N.E. 117th Ave. and 1200 Fort Vancouver Way, Vancouver; and Waste Connections, 4020 S. Grant St., Washougal.

The Scouts will accept donations for their efforts. The recommended donation in $7 per tree.

Scouts will also collect new or gently used coats, which will be donated to Friends of the Carpenter, a faith-based day shelter located at 1600 W. 20th Street. The coats will be cleaned and distributed.

Residents who would like to contribute should place any coats, clearly marked for the Scout Coat Drive, on their porch.

For more information, contact David Cramblett, the volunteer chair of the Columbia Gorge Tree Cycle Committee, at (503) 730-6201 or