Jefferson, Orleans, St. Bernard and St. Charles parishes have announced their plans to handle curbside tree pickup in the Louisiana Christmas Tree Program that helps with the restoration of the wetlands.
Jefferson Parish and Jean Lafitte residents should place their trees curbside on the evening of Jan. 5 for collection on Jan. 6, 7 and 8.
Orleans Parish will also pick up residents' trees on Jan. 6, 7 and 8. Tree pickup in the French Quarter and Downtown Development District will be Jan. 6 only.
Other parishes have not yet announced their participation in any tree recycling program.
If you would like to participate in the program, make sure you strip your tree of all lights, tinsel and ornaments. If you'd like to volunteer, you need to be 18 or older and able to lift 30 pounds. In February National Guardsmen in helicopters will drop the trees in specified coastal zones.
Anyone interested in volunteering should contact Dani Levine in the Office of Coastal & Environmental Affairs at 504-658-4071.
St. Bernard Parish
Christmas trees in St. Bernard Parish will be picked up on residents’ second garbage day of the week during the week after New Year’s.
Residents from Arabi to Paris Road should put their trees by the curb for pick up on Thursday, January 6.
Residents from Paris Road to the Lexington Place in Meraux should put their trees by the curb for pick up on Friday, January 7.
Residents living east of Lexington Place in Meraux should put their trees by the curb for pick up on Saturday, January 8.
St. Charles Parish
In St. Charles, residents may donate their Christmas trees for local coastal restoration efforts by placing them curbside Jan. 10, 11 and 12 for pickup. Trees may also be dropped off at the East and West Bank Bridge Parks in Destrehan and Luling through Jan. 19.
Trees must be natural, un-flocked and be completely free of tinsel, garland, lights, ornamentation, plastic bags and stands.