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Bikes help recycle Christmas trees in Traverse City

December 27, 2019 GMT

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — A group that promotes bicycling in the Traverse City area is recycling Christmas trees with two wheels.

In exchange for a $25 donation, Norte will take trees to Hull Park, Traverse City’s tree drop-off site. Volunteers make door-to-door vists on a bike with a trailer attached to the rear.

The donations support “getting more kids on bikes doing more good for the community,” said Abby Havill, a Norte staff member.

Norte was started by Ty and Johanna Schmidt, who noticed that many kids were being driven to Traverse City schools. They organized bike rides from their house. Norte has grown to include a bike shop, a mountain bike club and youth empowerment projects.