NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - Your tired, dried out Christmas trees can now be put to work in Louisiana's wetlands.
Area parishes have outlined plans to recycle trees.
Residents can place the trees curbside on regularly scheduled garbage collection days Jan. 7-9. Remove all lights, ornaments, tinsel and tree stands. Artificial and flocked trees will not be picked up. Do not bag the trees.
Trees recycled from New Orleans will be sorted, bundled and placed in selected coastal zones to promote wetlands restoration. Last year New Orleans citizens recycled more than 6,900 trees which were airlifted into the Bayou Sauvage National Wildlife Refuge.
Residents are asked to place trees curbside Jan. 6 for pickup Jan. 7-9. Once again, the trees must the free of lights, tinsel, ornaments, tree stands or plastic bags.
Some trees collected in Jefferson Parish will be placed in marshes near Lafitte. Others will be chipped for compost.
Jefferson Parish needs volunteers with shallow-draft boats to help with the placement. Volunteers will meet at 8:00 a.m., Jan 9 at Chochiara's Marina, 4477 Jean Lafitte Boulevard.
St. Bernard Parish
St. Bernard Parish Government will be collecting Christmas trees to be used as part of the marsh restoration. Trees will be picked up Monday, Jan. 4, 2016 through Friday, Jan. 8, 2016. Residents of St. Bernard Parish can bring their Christmas trees to the Paris Road Transfer Station, located at 5120 Paris Road in Chalmette. Trees will be collected Monday through Friday from 7:00 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. Only clean, unpainted and nonflocked trees can be accepted. All lights, tinsel, garland, ornaments, tree stands, and plastic bags must be removed from the tree.
St. Tammany Parish
Residents may drop off trees for recycling at the parish fairgrounds in Covington or the old Levee Board building, 61134 Military Road, Slidell.
Trees will be accepted at the locations between 7:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m., Monday through Friday until Jan. 29.
St. Charles Parish
Residents are asked to place trees curbside for pickup by Jan 12. Trees can also be dropped off anytime at designated areas in the East and West Bank Bridge Parks in Destrehan and Luling.