NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - People who live in New Orleans can once again use their Christmas trees to help restore Louisiana's coast.
Orleans Parish residents are encouraged to recycle their Christmas trees by placing them curbside on their regularly scheduled collection days between Jan. 7-9.
The city says the trees must be natural and stripped off all ornaments, tinsel, and lights. Tree stands must also be removed. Flocked and artificial trees will not be collected. Trees should not be placed on the neutral grounds or in plastic bags.
The City's Department of Sanitation along with its solid waste contractors Metro Services, Richard's Disposal and Empire Services; the Office of Coastal and Environmental Affairs; and Leaaf Environmental are working together to collect, sort, and bundle the trees, which will be placed in selected coastal zones.
This project is funded by the Office of Coastal and Environmental Affairs. In 2015, more than 6,965 Christmas trees were collected in Orleans Parish after the holidays. The Louisiana National Guard airlifted them into the Bayou Sauvage National Wildlife Refuge as part of a program to create new marsh habitat.
Residents looking for more information on the program should call NOLA 3-1-1.