With the end of the Christmas season, many parishes are recycling your old Christmas trees for marsh restoration. To follow is a list of pickup dates by parish. Please note, flocked or painted trees are not accepted and volunteers are also needed for this worthy project.
Christmas trees will be collected curbside throughout unincorporated Jefferson Parish, Gretna, Harahan, Lafitte and Westwego on January 8, 9, and 10.
In Kenner, trees will be collected on January 7, 8 and 9, 2015. Garbage trucks will make one pass through each neighborhood to collect trees.
Residents of unincorporated Jefferson Parish, Lafitte, Gretna, Harahan, and Westwego are advised to place trees curbside on the evening of Wednesday, January 7. Garbage trucks will make one pass through each neighborhood to collect trees on January 8, 9, and 10.
Kenner residents are advised to place trees curbside on the evening of Tuesday, January 6. In Kenner, garbage trucks will make one pass through each neighborhood to collect trees on January 7, 8 and 9.
Trees will be recycled for beneficial re-use – some will be used for marsh restoration and some will be composted. Only clean, unpainted and non-flocked trees are acceptable for re-use. Prior to placing trees curbside, residents must remove all lights, tinsel, garland, ornaments, tree stands and plastic bags from their Christmas trees. Artificial, flocked or painted trees are not eligible for the program.
This year’s project involves two (2) phases. Some of the trees will be placed in the marsh, refurbishing previously constructed shoreline fences in Goose Bayou near Lafitte to help protect and restore coastal wetlands; and others will be brought to Wood Materials, LLC to be chipped and used for composting.
Volunteers are needed, especially those with shallow draft boats, to move trees from a Lafitte staging area to the pre-constructed shoreline fences in Goose Bayou. Volunteers will meet at 8:00 a.m. at Cochiara’s Marina, 4477 Jean Lafitte Boulevard in Lafitte and move trees to the pre-constructed shoreline fences in Goose Bayou, near the Town of Jean Lafitte on Saturday, January 10 and January 17, 2015. If inclement weather leads to the cancellation and rescheduling of these events, please call (504) 731-4612 for information. Volunteers must be at least 18 years of age and are advised to wear layered clothing including long pants, long sleeved shirt, and closed-toe, hard sole, sturdy shoes. Hats and sunscreen are recommended. Gloves, safety glasses, life vests, lunch and refreshments will be provided.
For more information or to volunteer, contact the Jefferson Parish Department of Environmental Affairs at (504) 731-4612.
Place trees curbside on your regular collection day, starting Jan. 8 and ending Jan. 10.
ST. CHARLES PARISH:
Those wishing to donate their real Christmas trees to local wetlands protection should place their trees curbside for pickup by January 12. Alternatively, trees may be brought to designated areas at the East and West Bank Bridge Parks in Destrehan and Luling beginning Dec. 26.
ST. JOHN THE BAPTIST PARISH:
Beginning Monday, January 5 through Friday, January 16, 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.
Residents are encouraged to call the Public Works Department at 985-652-4815 to request pick-up.
DROP OFF LOCATIONS: Hammond Maintenance Facility
Address: 18104 Hwy. 190 in Hammond (next to Piggly Wiggly Super Market)
Hours: 7 am – 3:30 pm Mon-Fri, starting Dec. 26 through the end of January
Southeastern Sustainability Center
Address: 2101 North Oak Street in Hammond
Hours: 7 am – 4 pm Mon-Thurs and 8 – 10 am on Fri, starting Jan. 5 through the end of January.
Middendorf’s Restaurant in Manchac
Address: 30160 U.S. 51, Akers, LA 70421
Please make sure your tree is not flocked and is free of any lights, ornaments, metal stands, or other un-natural materials. Donated trees will be used to help build up marshland in areas that have been impacted by erosion and other factors.
Residents of Terrebonne Parish are requested to place their Christmas trees in the area of their normal garbage pickup from January 2 to January 7. Residents may also drop off their Christmas trees at any time prior to January 7 at any of the TPCG Residential Drop-off Sites located at 263 Ashland Landfill Road, 651 Isle of Cuba Road in Schriever or 160 Crochetville Road in Montegut. Only green trees will be accepted. Flocked trees and trees with tinsel, decorations, or tree stands cannot be used.
Christmas tree recycling information for local parishes.
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