These kids collect dozens of Christmas trees for extra pocket money, “from which we buy Lego figures or horse figures”

Old and new

In Strijen, Bleiswijk and Capelle aan den IJssel, among others, there is a lot of aggregation © Rijnmond/RTV Lansingerland/Kabel Radio

They drag one Christmas tree after another into their garden, ring the neighbors’ doorbell to ask if they still have one or put a note through the locals’ mailbox to come and collect their tree later. Children from almost all over the area are currently busy collecting old Christmas trees. And not without reason: almost everywhere you get 50 cents for every tree you turn over. Thus a pile of decent trees can yield nice pocket money. The kids below go for it with conviction!

Joshua (9) and Romina (11), striving

Romina and Joshua collected more than 70 trees
Romina and Joshua collected more than 70 trees © Rijnmond

How long have you been collecting Christmas trees after the end of the year?

Joshua: “We’ve been doing this for about three years.”

what do you like about it?

Romina: “You’re cute outside and you don’t have to sit at the screen all the time.” Joshua agrees. “I also love that you can enjoy the weather so well. And having something to look for on the Christmas trees is of course great too.”

How many trees did you provide?

Romina: “Now we have 72, so that brings in 35 euros.”

Where do you put all these trees?

Joshua: “We can hand them out to the rink, but we collect them first in our backyard. It’s nice to have such a big backyard. We can’t get to a trampoline right now.”

What do your parents think?

Joshua: “They think it’s very well, because we’re just out and about and then they don’t bother us,” he says with a laugh. Romina: “Usually during the holidays we go early to watch TV, but now we get down early and go outside.”

What will you do with the money collected?

Romina: “I’ll save for Schleich– Horses: Statues of horses, which you can get from all different types. Joshua: “I’m going for a steerable car or for Puzzle Games. lego technic It won’t work because that’s too expensive, but maybe it will Lego City, the city of cubes we will.”

Florin (11) and Anne (14), Capel aan den Igsel

With Ann, Florine, dog Gupp and mom Petra, the Christmas tree is still in the living room
With Ann, Florine, dog Gupp and mom Petra, the Christmas tree is still in the living room © Radio Chapelle

How long have you been collecting Christmas trees after the end of the year?

Ann: “Six years already. We found out at a certain point that you were getting paid for it and we thought: ‘Let’s collect whatever we find in the neighborhoods and hand over those trees.’”

what do you like about it?

Florin: “I especially like being outside and of course I can earn something from that. Unfortunately my sister Anne won’t be participating this year, so it’s different than usual. Recently, for example, I had a tree that was taller than my bike, and then it got tough Very on your own. Then you’re like a backbone.”

How much money have you made in recent years from all those trees?

Anne: “Well… when the log-cutters still came to Capelle we sometimes had the experience that we collected so many trees for them that they didn’t have enough money to pay us. It all worked out in the end, but It is true that one time it went better than the other. Last year, for example, we had the best year with 108 euros and in the years before that we collected an average of about 80 euros.”

Florin: “When I look at this year, 80 euros is going to be tough, because so far I’m around 25 euros. It’s also because people give less extras than in previous times. They often don’t have cash at home, for example, and then pay via Tikkie . But it is possible that the amount is still slightly increased. On the last day that the municipality collected the trees, people often call us at the last moment.”

Capelle aan den IJssel does not give 50 cents per tree this year, but it does have 55 collection points across the municipality. So Anne and Florin offer to collect trees from people’s homes for €1 (small tree) or €1.50 (large tree).

Where do you put all these trees?

Ann: “Back in the days when the trees were still felled, you couldn’t turn them in every day, of course. So at one point, we collected about 100 trees and put them all in the bushes in front of our door. But yeah, we also experienced kids stealing our trees.”

Florin: “Luckily, we’re not bothered about it anymore, because now I just tie all those trees to my bike and drag them to the yellow banner that has the Christmas tree on it. This is only a two-minute bike ride from our house and the Christmas trees there are collected almost every day by the municipality “.

Since the beginning of the year, Florin has been dragging the Christmas tree behind her bike almost every day to the designated collection point in the municipality.
Since the beginning of the year, Florin has been dragging the Christmas tree behind her bike almost every day to the designated collection point in the municipality. © Radio Chapelle

What do your parents think?

Mother Petra: “In the days when Anne and Florine still collected trees in the bushes in front of the door, the whole street was strewn with needles. Of course they didn’t like it here in the neighborhood. But now you have a tree for almost every neighborhood. A specially equipped collection point, so now they can The act of bringing them together tree by tree. So I’m really excited about this service that they’ve put together, because it produces a cleaner neighborhood for everyone and for you that they can also hear about from the neighbors.”

What will you do with the money collected?

Florin: “Actually nothing. It just goes into my piggy bank and I don’t know yet what to do with it in the end.”

Do you have any tips for people who (not in your area) would also like to create such a successful business?

Ann: “Just ring people’s doorbell and ask if you can pick up their tree if their tree has to be moved out of the neighborhood. Then ask them if they want to flip it on a neighborhood app, of course.”

Florin: “People who don’t know where to put their Christmas tree often go to the dumpster and throw it there. So now we’ve stuck flyers in there so people can see that we can also drag that tree away from them.”

Benth (10), Meat (11), Tim (8), Theg (8) and Jeans (7), Blisswick

Benth (10), Meat (11), Tim (8), Theg (8) and Jeans (7)
Benth (10), Meat (11), Tim (8), Theg (8) and Jeans (7) © RTV Lansingerland

How long have you been collecting Christmas trees after the end of the year?

Mette and Thije: “Last year we collected Christmas trees for the first time, but then we didn’t give out flyers. We had 90 at the time.”

Benthey and Tim: “We also collected Christmas trees for the first time last year, when we had 120 trees.”

what do you like about it?

Mitty: “You have something to do while you’re out. And that’s healthy.”

Tim: “I love it best when you finally get them together.”

Thege: “Money profit. 0.50 cents per tree. So I had 45 euros last year.”

How many trees have you already collected?

Tim: “My sister (Benthe) and I now have 98 trees in the garden. Mitty and Thee have 96 trees.”

Tiggi: “Last year we collected 90 trees.”

Benthey: “I think we’ll eventually collect 110 this year, but I hope we collect 120.”

Where do you put those trees?

Benthey: “We collect trees all over Blesswick and collect them in our garden. Then the municipality comes and collects them, and then we get the money.”

Mitty: “Benthy and Tim’s uncle made a cart in which you can store three Christmas trees. That’s easy because then we don’t have to lug them around.”

Benthey: “We first wanted to make the cart ourselves and my uncle asked us for wheels. ‘Wouldn’t it be easier if I made the cart,’ he said, ‘because that takes a lot of work. ‘ Of course we didn’t say no to that.”

The cart in which children go on the road
The cart in which children go on the road © RTV Lansingerland

What do your parents think about you collecting trees in the garden?

Mitty: “My parents let us gather trees in the garden, as long as we clean the needles at the end.”

Benthey: “They think it’s good, but part of the job is to get it all clean again. Under the pile of Christmas trees are plants that are dying now, but that’s going to be okay.”

Tim: “I don’t know if they like it that much….”

Thegi: “They don’t like it very much. But that’s okay, the trees are almost gone.”

What will you do with the money collected?

Benth, Mitt and Thee: “In my original lot!”

This story is a collaboration with our media partners Radio Capelle and RTV Lansingerland.

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