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Recycling Christmas trees and Styrofoam is a labor of love for the Evergreen Sustainability Alliance. The organization, formerly known as Evergreen’s Alliance for Sustainability + You, has been …
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Recycling Christmas trees and Styrofoam is a labor of love for the Evergreen Sustainability Alliance.
The organization, formerly known as Evergreen’s Alliance for Sustainability + You, has been repurposing trees into mulch and sending Styrofoam blocks to Golden for recycling for a dozen years. It’s a win-win for area residents, who dispose of their trees, and they can get mulch from Lam Tree Service. The service is free, but donations are encouraged.
Chris Mancini of Evergreen said dropping off his tree and adding some money into the canister is worth it — helping the environment and saving him a trip down the hill.
“This is local, and I like the organization,” Mancini said.
Dave Lystrom, an ESA board member who organizes the recycling event the first two Saturdays in January, said the proceeds are an important fundraiser for the nonprofit.
A steady stream of cars moved through the Evergreen Lutheran Church parking lot on Jan. 2, while volunteers from Boy Scout Troop 737 collected the trees and volunteers from the National Charity League and ESA collected donations.
Each year, ESA collects about 300 trees, Lystrom said.
ESA was formed in 2010 to improve recycling, composting, and the availability of local and organic foods in the foothills. Among its many accomplishments, it started and operates two community gardens, organized a composting pilot program, provides zero-waste services and refills pop-up shops, and does community education and outreach.
While Weston and Bergen Thorne and Garrett Plomondon, members of Boy Scout Troop 737, unloaded trees from car rooftops and trunks and threw them on a huge pile, Charlotte Baysinger and her mom Deanna collected money.
The Baysingers are involved with the National Charity League that performs community service, and they were happy to be outdoors and helping ESA, noting that much of their community service in the last nine months has been at home.
“It’s nice to be able to volunteer in person,” Deanna Baysinger said.
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