In what has become a post-holiday tradition, local Girl Scouts will traverse the Valley to pick up Christmas trees from all residents and businesses.

On Saturday, Jan. 4, and Saturday, Jan. 11, Valley residents are invited to leave their tree at the curb by 9 a.m. so that the girls can take the tree to be recycled. The tree must be free of decorations and flocking, with the stand removed. Donations (suggested amount is $10) should be left under the doormat. Checks should be made out to Girl Scouts.

The girls have distributing flyers through Valley neighborhoods, but the program covers the whole Valley. It is not necessary to call to arrange pickup, but rural residents should leave a message at 205-1233 with information about finding their tree. Detailed information can be found on the local Girl Scout website at

There will be four Cadette, Senior, and Ambassador Girl Scout troops participating in the fundraiser this year. All are earning money to take special trips called “Destinations,” or to travel internationally with their troops. “It’s a fun bonding activity but very tiring too,” said Adrienne Valavanis of Troop 10063. “We’re saving money to go to Switzerland and we hope to stay at the Girl Scout World Centre there.”

As an option, Valley residents who have curbside yard waste service can cut up their tree and leave it in their collection barrel on their usual pickup date, at no extra charge. The tree must fit completely inside the container with the lid closed.

Residents outside of Sonoma city limits can leave their tree for curbside pickup by Redwood Empire Disposal on a specific week. See for information. In addition, a maximum of two trees a person can be dropped off for free at the Sonoma Valley dump transfer station on Stage Gulch Road from Dec. 26 through Jan. 18.