Christmas is winding down, the new year is almost here and some of you have already started taking down your Christmas decorations, the rest will start next week or at least have them down by January 6th. Instead of burning or junking your real Christmas Tree, recycle it and help our local environment. Here’s everything you need to know about Christmas Tree Recycling in New Orleans and Jefferson Parish.

Christmas Tree Recycling In New Orleans

Orleans Parish residents can recycle their natural, unflocked trees. The trees will be used in projects that will help restore Louisiana’s wetlands and protect the Louisiana Coastline. Trees must be free of all ornaments, tinsel, lights and tree stands before being placed curbside. Flocked trees, fake trees, trees in bags or trees with trimming will be collected as garbage and will not be part of this project and be placed in the landfill. DO NOT place your trees on the neutral ground.

Orleans Parish residents that are served by Richard’s Disposal and Metro Services  should place their Christmas tree curbside by 5 am on your regular second collection day between January 11-13, 2018.

Orleans Parish residents in the French Quarter or DDD that are served by Empire Services should place their Christmas tree curbside by 4 am on January 11, 2018.

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Christmas Tree Recycling in Jefferson Parish

Jefferson Parish Residents in unincorporated Jefferson Parish, Gretna, Harahan, Kenner, Lafitte and Westwego can recycle their natural, unflocked trees. The trees will be used for beneficial re-use-marsh restoration and/or composting. This year’s projects includes placing Christmas trees in constructed shoreline fences in Goose Bayou near Lafitte to help protect and restore Jefferson’s wetlands. Trees must be free of all ornaments, tinsel, lights, garland, bags and tree stands before being placed curbside.

Trees should be placed curbside in the evening of January 10, 2018. Garbage trucks will collect trees in neighborhoods on January 11, 12 and 13, 2018.

Volunteers, especially those with shallow draft boats are needed on January 13, 2018 and possibly January 20, 2018 to help move trees from Lafitte staging area to the pre-constructed shoreline fences in Goose Bayou. Volunteers must be 18 years of age or older. You much wear layered clothing, including long pants, long sleeved shirt and closed toe sturdy shoes.  Hats and sunscreen are recommended.  Gloves, safety glasses, life vests, lunch and refreshment will be provided.

·       WHEN:                 8:00am, Saturday, January 13th and 20th, 2018

·       WHERE:               Cochiara’s marina, 4477 Jean Lafitte Boulevard, Lafitte

For more information or to volunteer, contact the Department of Environmental Affairs at 504-731-4612 or email JPCoastalZone@Jeffparish.net.

So have fun un-decorating the tree and thank you for helping our wetlands and coastline by recycling your Christmas Tree.