Christmas Tree recycling time in Metro New Orleans

Don Ames
January 08, 2018 - 8:04 am

Area municipalities are urging residents to recycle their Christmas Trees for coastal restoration.

All parish governments will begin their Christmas Tree recycling projects this week.

In Jefferson Parish, it's the 28th annual event. 

Lauren Averill, Coastal Zone Coordinator for Jefferson Parish, says the rules are pretty much the same for all area parishes.

"We want the trees to be clean, or as green as they possibly can be. We cannot recycle recycled or painted trees. And, we need all ornaments to be removed." 

The projects are an effort to promote the restoration and protection of Louisiana's wetlands and coastline. 

"We're looking to use our Christmas Trees and recycle them in a manner that can benefit coastal Louisiana," says Averill.

In Jefferson Parish, it's the 28th annual event. And Averill says it's been an effective method to save the coast.

"What these trees do, as a shoreline projection project, is that when the waves hit the trees, it slows the waves down so it prevents erosion of the wetlands behind it." 

"We're suggesting that citizens put their trees out the night of January 10th. And they'll be picked up on the 11th, 12th or the 13th, depending on which day you regularly have trash pickup."

The same dates apply for New Orleans.

ORLEANS PARISH residents, eligible for garbage collection by the City, are encouraged to recycle their Christmas trees by placing them curbside, before 5 a.m., on their regularly scheduled second collection day that occurs between Jan. 11-13, 2018 for properties served by Richard's Disposal and Metro Services. Properties in the French Quarter or DDD, served by Empire Services, should place their trees curbside before 4 a.m. on Thursday, Jan. 11, 2018. 

The City's Department of Sanitation along with its solid waste contractors Metro Services, Richard's Disposal and Empire Services and the Office of Resilience and Sustainability are working together to collect, sort and bundle the trees, which will be placed in selected coastal zones.

Last year, more than 8,000 Christmas trees were collected in Orleans Parish after the holidays and airlifted by the Louisiana National Guard into the Bayou Sauvage National Wildlife Refuge as part of a program to create new marsh habitat.

ST. TAMMANY PARISH Government will begin accepting Christmas trees to recycle for use in a cooperative effort with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to rebuild the Big Branch Marsh. Trees can be brought to the Covington Fair Grounds at 1515 North Florida Street in Covington and The Old Levee Board Property at 61134 Military Road in Slidell, during daylight hours.

ST. JOHN THE BAPTIST PARISH - Beginning Monday, January 8, 2017 for two weeks, the St. John Parish Public Works Department will collect Christmas trees throughout the parish. Residents should place their trees curbside for pick-up instead of discarding them in the landfill.
All trees should be completely stripped of decorations. Flocked or artificial trees will not be picked up.
Residents are encouraged to call the Public Works Department at 985-652-4815 to request pick-up.

Post Date: December 28, 2017 4:37 p.m.
publicnoticeThe St. Charles Parish Public Works Department will pick up live Christmas trees for recycling curbside around the parish on Jan. 8, 9 and Jan. 10.
Drop-off sites will also be available at the East and West Bank Bridge Parks in Destrehan and Luling until Jan. 17.
Trees must be stripped of all decorations. Flocked trees will not be accepted. The trees will be used for coastal restoration in the Bayou Gauche area.

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