(WVUE) - Christmas trees collection will begin in unincorporated Jefferson Parish, Gretna, Harahan, Kenner, Lafitte, and Westwego on January 7, 8, and 9.
Trees will be recycled for beneficial re-use – some for marsh restoration or composting.
Residents are advised to place trees curbside on the evening of Wednesday, January 6, 2016. Trucks will make one pass through each neighborhood to collect trees on those three dates.
Only clean, unpainted and non-flocked trees are acceptable for re-use. Prior to placing trees curbside, residents must remove all lights, tinsel, garland, ornaments, tree stands, and plastic bags from their Christmas trees.
This year's project involves two phases. Some of the trees will be placed in the marsh, refurbishing previously constructed shoreline fences in Goose Bayou near Lafitte to help protect and restore Jefferson's coastal wetlands. Others will be brought to Wood Materials, LLC to be chipped and used for composting.
Although the state no longer provides funding for Christmas tree marsh restoration projects, Jefferson Parish is able to continue this popular project thanks to a generous donation of $25,000 from DynoNobel, the cooperative efforts of Wood Materials, LLC, Cochiara's Marina, and with the help of volunteers.
Volunteers are needed, particularly those with shallow draft boats, to move trees from a Lafitte staging area to the pre-constructed shoreline fences in Goose Bayou. Volunteers will meet at 8 a.m. on Saturday, January 9th and January 16th, at Cochiara's Marina, 4477 Jean Lafitte Boulevard in Lafitte.
From there they will move trees to the pre-constructed shoreline fences in Goose Bayou, near the Town of Jean Lafitte. If volunteer turnout allows completion of the project on January 9th, a notification will be made announcing cancellation of the January 16th event.
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.