Once again this year, local governments will collect and recycle Christmas trees to promote coastal restoration. Here is information sent to Eyewitness News by local parish governments. Other parishes may also be collecting trees. Contact your local government for information.
Residents should place trees curbside on the evening of January 9. Garbage trucks will make one pass through each neighborhood to collect trees within the dates of January 10, 11, and 12.
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.
The parish says the Louisiana Department of Natural Resources has eliminated funding for Christmas tree marsh restoration programs throughout the state, however, the Jefferson Parish Department of Environmental Affairs will continue to recycle all the trees collected in Jefferson Parish for either marsh restoration or composting.
This year's project will have three phases. Some of the trees will be placed in the marsh, refurbishing previously constructed shoreline fences in Goose Bayou near Lafitte; others will be used to assist Plaquemines Parish with a project in Lake Hermitage, which also serves to protect Jefferson's coastal wetlands; and some trees will be used in a pilot project wherein Wood Materials, LLC will chip the trees to be used in composting.
Volunteers are needed, especially those with shallow draft boats, to move trees from a staging area to within pre-constructed shoreline fences. On Saturday, Jan. 12, volunteers will meet at 8 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. 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, call (504) 731-4612.
Residents interested in participating in the program can recycle their Christmas trees by placing them curbside on their regularly scheduled collection days January 10, 11 and 12. Residents must remove all lights, tree stands, ornaments and tinsel from live trees. 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.
Residents seeking more information should contact the Office of Coastal and Environmental Affairs at (504) 658-4071.
Plaquemines Parish's garbage collection company, Solid Waste North and South, will pick trees up at curbside after the holidays. Trees must have all decorations removed. Flocked trees cannot be recycled.
The parish also is collecting used cooking oil, which will be turned into bio fuel to be used in Plaquemines.
Officials said residents can bring used cooking oil to the Solid Waste North facility at 170 Sewer Plant Road in Belle Chasse or 135 Compacter Road in Port Sulphur.
Trees will be picked up Jan. 7 through Jan. 10. Remove all decorations from trees.
Jan. 7 &8 - Arabi line to Paris Road
Jan. 8 &9 - Paris Road to Hannan Blvd.
Jan. 9 &10 - Hannan Blvd. to eastern end of parish
Public Works Dept. will pick up trees around the parish for recycling between Jan. 9 and Jan. 19.Trees should be stripped of all decorations. No flocked trees will be accepted.
Southeastern Louisiana University will collect trees to aid in wetlands restoration efforts. The university's Turtle Cove Environmental Research Station, located on Pass Manchac between lakes Pontchartrain and Maurepas, will use discarded trees to help build up marshland, particularly the area on Jones Island in Lake Maurepas.
Trees will be collected through the end of January at two area locations: the City of Hammond maintenance facility located at 18104 Hwy. 190 East next to the Piggly Wiggly Supermarket and at Middendorf's Restaurant on Hwy. 51 in Manchac.
Trees should be stripped of any onaments, lights, tinsel or flocking. The trees will be placed on the shoreline in the marsh to help reduce coastal erosion by limiting the impact of waves and helping to collect sediment in subsiding marsh areas.
Additional information can be obtained by contacting Moreau at
. Donations to help support the activity should be sent by check payable to 'Friends of Turtle Cove' and mailed to Southeastern Box 10585, Hammond, LA 70402.
Residents of Terrebonne Parish are asked to place their Christmas trees in the area of their normal garbage pickup from January 2 to January 8.
Residents may also drop off their Christmas trees at 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.
The Christmas trees collected from local residents are placed into retention fences along the Intracoastal Waterway near the Mandalay National Wildlife Refuge.
Only real, green trees will be accepted. Flocked trees, artificial trees, and trees with tinsel, decorations, or tree stands cannot be used.