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Christmas tree recycling in your area

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FOX 8 News has received the following press releases from local and parish governments regarding Christmas tree recycling and pick-up efforts.  If any of these reports are in error or if you have information on tree programs in your area, contact your local or parish officials or FOX 8 News by email -

Jefferson Parish

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 a beneficial re-use - either marsh restoration or composting.

All Jefferson Parish residents, including unincorporated areas, the Town of Jean Lafitte, Gretna, Harahan, Kenner and Westwego are advised to place trees curbside on the evening of Wednesday, January 9, 2013. Garbage trucks will make one pass through each neighborhood to collect trees within the dates of January 10, 11, and 12, 2013. In years past, trees were typically collected on the second scheduled garbage collection day.

Residents 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.

This year's project will have three (3) 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. Volunteers will meet at 8:00 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 on Saturday, January 12th. 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.

City of Kenner

Ramelli [Waste LLC] will once again collect trees for beneficial re-use in conjunction with the Jefferson Parish Christmas tree recycling project. Residents of Kenner are advised to place their trees curbside on the evening of January 9, 2013. Garbage trucks will make one pass through each neighborhood to collect trees within the dates of January 10, 11, and 12, 2013. All decorations and tree stands should be removed. Flocked or painted trees are not eligible for the program and should be placed out for normal garbage pick-up.

Lafourche Parish

Lafourche Parish Government announces the return of the Christmas tree recycling program. Christmas trees collected in Lafourche Parish during the designated collection period will be used to help control coastal erosion.

Curbside collection of Christmas trees will be from:

01/10/13 thru 01/12/13 (Thursday thru Saturday)

01/17/13 thru 01/19/13 (Thursday thru Saturday)

The parish is asking residents to simply place their Christmas tree curbside, separate from garbage and trash items, for pick-up during this period. Trees should be bare, without ornaments, flocking, tinsel or stands. Green trees only, no artificial trees.

Due to program constraints, there will not be any drop off sites offered during this collection period. Again, the parish is asking residents place the trees curbside for collection, the customary drop-offs at the local high schools will not be available this year.

Please note all trees placed on the curbside after January 19th or any tree which is not recyclable will be picked up with the regular garbage pick-up. All residents that want to participate in this important tree recycling program are asked to please have their Christmas tree curbside during the collection period.

City of Mandeville

In the City of Mandeville, Christmas trees will be picked up on Monday, January 14th and Tuesday, January 15th.

City of New Orleans

Mayor Mitch Landrieu announced today that the City will continue its program of recycling Christmas trees in an effort to promote the restoration of Louisiana's wetlands and to assist in the protection of the Louisiana coastline.

"New Orleans is earning a great reputation as an eco-friendly city, and this service is one of the ways our citizens can help protect and restore our environment," Mayor Landrieu said."Together, we can save thousands of trees from being thrown out to waste and also provide critical support to help preserve our wetlands."

Orleans Parish residents can recycle their Christmas trees by placing them curbside on their regularly scheduled collection days January 10, 11 and 12. 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 $9,000.

Residents seeking more information should contact the Office of Coastal and Environmental Affairs at (504) 658-4071.

St. Bernard Parish

St. Bernard Parish Government Road Department will pick up Christmas trees Monday, January 7th through Thursday, January 10th. Please remove all decorations from the tree and place the tree by the curb the day before your scheduled pick up.  

• Monday/Tuesday, January 7 & 8th – From Arabi Line to Paris Road

• Tuesday/Wednesday, January 8 & 9th – From Paris Road to Hannan Boulevard

• Wednesday/Thursday, January 9 & 10th – From Hannan Boulevard to the eastern end of the parish

St. Charles Parish

The St. Charles Parish Public Works Department will pick up live Christmas trees for recycling curbside around the parish between Jan. 9 and Jan. 19.

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 3], the St. John the Baptist Parish Public Works Department is collecting 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

St. Tammany Parish will again accept Christmas trees for recycling. On the Western side of the Parish, residents can drop off their trees at the St. Tammany Parish Fairgrounds in Covington. The Parish would like citizens to use the entrance by Lyon Elementary. On the Eastern side of the Parish, the old Levee Board building in Slidell located at 61134 Military Road is the designated drop off location. Only bare, green trees will be used; no flocked trees, trees with ornaments, or trees with lights will be recycled.

Trees that are placed out on the curb for trash collection may not be recycled. Contact your trash collection company to find out if they participate in the parish-wide tree recycling program.

The deadline for dropping off trees is January 31, 2013. Trees may be dropped off between the hours of 7:30am - 3:30pm Monday through Friday.

Terrebonne Parish

Terrebonne's pick-up period ended Tuesday, Jan. 8.

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