New Orleans area residents will have to hold on to their Christmas trees for a little bit longer if they want to help efforts to rebuild Louisiana’s coastal wetlands.
From Jan. 10 to Jan. 12, the city will be picking up trees placed on the curbside of homes serviced by Richard’s Disposal, which serves neighborhoods north of Interstate 10, and Metro Services, which covers areas south of I-10. The trees must be placed out before 5 a.m. on the second regularly scheduled garbage collection day of the week.
Properties in the French Quarter or the Downtown Development District, which are served by Empire Services, will place their trees curbside before 4 a.m. for collection on Jan. 9.
Only natural, unflocked trees can be recycled. Trees must be free of stands as well as all ornaments, tinsel and lights. Flocked, artificial trees, trees in bags or trees with trimming will be collected in regular garbage collection and transported to the landfill.
Trees should not be placed on the neutral grounds. Officials ask residents to place trees curbside in order to allow for quick, efficient collection.
The city, its solid waste contractors and Leaaf Environmental, an environmental consulting firm, are working together to collect, sort and bundle trees to be used in coastal restoration. More than 8,000 Christmas trees were collected in Orleans Parish after the 2017 holidays. The trees are airlifted by the Louisiana National Guard and placed in the Bayou Sauvage National Wildlife Refuge in order to create new marsh habitat.
Residents can call NOLA 3-1-1 for more information.
Jefferson Parish is also collecting Christmas trees for coastal wetland restoration. Parish officials are asking residents to place trees curbside on Jan. 9. Trees will be picked up from Jan. 10 to Jan. 12. As in Orleans Parish, only natural, unflocked trees can be recycled.
Residents who need more information can contact Jefferson Parish at 504-731-4612.
St. Tammany Parish
St. Tammany Parish is also offering residents a tree recycling program. Residents can drop off their Christmas trees during daylight hours at the St. Tammany Parish fairgrounds, 515 N. Florida St., Covington. Trees will also be accepted at the old Levee Board property, 61134 Military Road, near Slidell.
A parish spokeswoman said the trees can be dropped off anytime after Christmas.