Christmas Tree Recycling :: Who, What, Where, When & Why

Christmas Tree Recycling :: Who, What, Where, When & Why

Who

The Department of Sanitation, the City’s Office of Resilience and Sustainability and the Louisiana National Guard work with a series of solid waste contractors to ensure your trees get recycled or reused in an efficient way. In Jefferson Parish, the JP Department of Environmental Affairs works in collaboration with the Christmas Tree Marsh Restoration Project to sort, bundle and reuse your trees.

Why

Christmas tree recycling is available in most parishes across the state but New Orleans has its own unique way (like everything else!) of reusing the trees. Trees collected during the below windows will be picked up, bundled and repurposed to promote costal & wetland restoration. Trees are stacked and positioned as retention fences and provide an excellent wave break, particularly in the intercostal waterways. Some parishes even use the recycled trees for mulch for their community areas.

What

Only trees that are au natural or free from tinsel, trimmings or flocking will be collected. Any trees that have lights, decorations or tree stands attached will be transported to the local landfill, so please take some time and bring that tree back to its original state prior to putting it out by the curb. The city has also asked that no trees be placed in the neutral ground for pickup.

Where & When: GNO

  • Orleans Parish
    • French Quarter or DDD, serviced by Empire Services, should place trees at curb prior to 4 am on Thursday, January 13th.
    • The rest of Orleans Parish should place trees where trash is normally collected before 5 am on your regularly scheduled second collection day that occurs between January 10-15th.
    • For more information please call NOLA 3-1-1.
  • Jefferson Parish
    • Residents in Unincorporated Jefferson Parish and the Town of Jean Lafitte should place trees curbside on the evening of Wednesday, January 5th. Christmas trees will be collected curbside January 6th, 7th & 8th.
    • For more information please call (504) 736-6719.
  • St. Tammany
    • Drop off locations for tree recycling are at St. Tammany Parish Fairgrounds, 1515 North Florida Street in Covington and The Old Levee Board Property, 61134 Military Road in Slidell during daylight hours. Trees will be accepted through January 28, 2022.
    • Coastal Environmental Services will collect bare trees only inside the city limits the week of Jan 10th – Jan 14th. Please have your tree out to the curb by 5am the morning of Monday January 10th if you would like it to be picked up as part of the recycle tree program.

Where & When :: Outside of GNO

  • Ascension Parish, Louisiana
    • Trees can be dropped off at the Lamar-Dixon Expo Center, 9039 St. Landry Rd, Gonzales between 9 am & 1 pm starting December 28th.
    • For more information please call (225) 450-1506.
  • Baton Rouge, Louisiana
    • Residents of East Baton Rouge Parish (excluding Baker and Zachary) can place their Christmas trees at the curb, where they will be picked up during their normally scheduled once-a-week yard waste collection day from Tuesday, Dec. 28 through Friday, Jan. 14.
    • If you prefer drop off, you may bring your tree to the following locations:
        • Independence Park, parking lot off Lobdell between tennis courts and Liberty Lagoon
        • Highland Road Park, 14024 Highland Road
        • Memorial Stadium, grassy lot near the corner of Scenic and Foss
        • Flannery Road Park, 801 S. Flannery Road
        • LSU, Skip Bertman Drive, lot across from Vet School
  • Tangipahoa Parish
    • Southeastern Louisiana University will be collecting discarded Christmas trees again this year to benefit the state’s wetlands. Trees free of ornaments, lights, tinsel, stands, nails, and screws can be dropped off at the following locations:
      • City of Hammond / City of Ponchatoula: Trees can be dropped off beginning Jan. 6 through Mardi Gras from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Hammond Maintenance facility, 18104 Hwy. 190, next to Piggly Wiggly Super Market.
      • The Southeastern Sustainability Center at 2101 North Oak Street, will collect trees beginning Jan. 6 through the end of the month from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 8 to 10 a.m. on Friday
      • Middendorf’s Restaurant: a Turtle Cove trailer drop off site will also be maintained at Middendorf’s Restaurant beginning Jan 6.

Don’t forget to leave your tree naked for pickup; no decorations, lights or stands.

Do you know of information for tree recycling in our neighboring parishes? Please email us at [email protected] so we can add to this list. 

Tara is a mom of four and lives in Metairie with her husband, kids and various pets. When she's not at home with her circus, she's at work or taxiing children around the city. Her favorite holiday is Mardi Gras. Tara loves to read, drink KranzCoffee and eat Double Stuff Oreos.

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