JEFFERSON PARISH, LA (WVUE) - Some people haven't even bought their Christmas trees yet, but Jefferson Parish is already planning on how to use them to help restore the coast.
Curbside pickup of undecorated trees will begin throughout unincorporated Jefferson Parish, Gretna, Harahan, Kenner, Lafitte and Westwego on January 7, 2016.
Residents are urged to put their trees out on the evening of Wednesday, January 6. Garbage trucks will make one pass through each neighborhood to collect trees on January 7, 8 and 9.
The parish says it will only be able to use clean, unpainted and non-flocked trees. Residents should also remove all tinsel, ornaments, lights, tree stand and plastic bags from their trees.
The trees eligible for the recycling project will be used in one of two ways. The parish says they will either be placed in the Goose Bayou marsh near Lafitte to help protect and restore Jefferson's coastal wetlands or they will be brought to Wood Materials, LLC to be chipped and used for composting.
The recycling project used to be funded by the state of Louisiana. Now, the parish says it pays for the project through a $25,000 donation from DynoNobel, the cooperative efforts of Wood Materials, LLC, Cochiara's Marina and with the help of volunteers.
The parish says it particularly needs volunteers who have shallow draft boats to move the trees into position. For more information on how to volunteer, contact the Jefferson Parish Department of Environmental Affairs at (504) 731-4612.