Here is information received from local parish governments on Christmas tree recycling. Once other parishes release information, WWLTV.com will publish it here.
Residents should place trees curbside on the evening of January 8. Garbage trucks will make one pass through each neighborhood to collect trees within the dates of January 9, 10 and 11.
All Jefferson Parish residents, including unincorporated areas, the Town of Jean Lafitte, Gretna, Harahan, Kenner and Westwego, wishing to participate in the program are asked to remove all lights, tinsel, garland, ornaments, tree stands and plastic bags from their Christmas trees and leave them on the curb for collection. Artificial, flocked or painted trees are not eligible for the program.
Trees are typically collected on the second scheduled garbage collection day, but it important that all trees be placed curbside on the evening of January 8, as the collection schedule may vary.
According to the parish, this year’s project involves two phases. Some of the trees will be placed in the marsh, refurbishing previously constructed shoreline fences in Goose Bayou near Lafitte to help protect Jefferson’s coastal wetlands; and others will be chipped and used for composting.
Volunteers are needed, particularly those with shallow draft boats, to move trees from a Lafitte staging area to the pre-constructed shoreline fences in Goose Bayou. On Saturday, January 11 and Saturday, January 18, 2014, volunteers will meet at 8:00 a.m. at Cochiara’s Marina, 4477 Jean Lafitte Boulevard in Lafitte, to move trees to the pre-constructed shoreline fences in Goose Bayou, near the Town of Jean Lafitte. If volunteer turnout allows completion of the project on January 11th, a notification will be made announcing cancellation of the January 18th event.
Volunteers must be at least 18 years of age, 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 refreshments will be provided.
For more information or to volunteer, contact the Jefferson Parish Department of Environmental Affairs at (504) 731-4612.
In Lafourche, Thibodaux residents can place take their trees to the dumpster placed in the parking lot at the northwest corner of the Thibodaux Civic Center through Jan. 7.
Only green trees without decorations will be accepted. Flocked trees are not allowed.
Orleans Parish residents can recycle their Christmas trees by placing them curbside on their regularly scheduled collection days January 9, 10, and 11.
The trees must be natural, with all ornaments, tinsel, lights and tree stands removed. Flocked and artificial trees will not be collected, and trees should not be placed on the neutral grounds. Trees should not be placed in plastic bags.
The City’s Department of Sanitation, Office of Coastal and Environmental Affairs and the Materials Management Group are making possible the effort to collect, sort, and bundle the trees, which will be placed in selected coastal zones.
This project is funded by the general fund budget of the Office of Coastal and Environmental Affairs at a cost of approximately $12,700.
Residents seeking more information should call 3-1-1.
ST. CHARLES PARISH
The St. Charles Parish Public Works Department will pick up live Christmas trees for recycling curbside around the parish starting on Jan. 8 and ending on Jan. 21. Drop-off sites will also be available at the East and West Bank Bridge Parks in Destrean and Luling.
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.
ST. JOHN THE BAPTIST PARISH
Beginning Thursday, January 2, St. John the Baptist 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. Residents are encouraged to call the Public Works Department at 985-652-4815 to request pick-up.
ST. TAMMANY PARISH
In western St. Tammany, residents can drop trees at the parish fairgrounds in Covington, using the Florida Street entrance. On the eastern side of the parish, trees can be dropped at the old levee board building at 61134 Military Road near Slidell.
Residents are advised to contact their trash collection company to find out if it participates in the program. Deadline for dropping off trees is Jan. 21.
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 Cuba Road in Schriever or 160 Crochetville Road in Montegut.
The Christmas trees collected from local residents are placed into retention fences, also called cribs, that have been constructed along the Intracoastal Waterway near the Mandalay National Wildlife Refuge. These trees provide an effective wave-break which can reduce the erosion of our fragile marshes. Furthermore, when set in place, the project is designed to allow the trees to work with natural wave action and act as a filter, collecting sediment behind the cribs in an effort to build new land.
Only green trees will be accepted. Flocked trees and trees with tinsel, decorations, or tree stands cannot be used.
ST. BERNARD PARISH
St. Bernard Parish Government will be collecting Christmas trees to be used as part of the marsh restoration.
Residents of St. Bernard Parish can bring their Christmas trees to the Paris Road Transfer Station, located at 5120 Paris Road in Chalmette. Trees will be collected Monday through Friday from 7:00 a.m. to 12:00 Noon and 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Only clean, unpainted and nonflocked trees can be accepted. All lights, tinsel, garland, ornaments, tree stands, and plastic bags must be removed from the tree. Artificial, flocked or painted trees will not be accepted for the program.