O Christmas Tree … Recycle Thee ….

O Christmas tree, o Christmas tree, How lovely are thy branches …. until they are dead … and dropping needles all over the house … and scratching people as they innocently walk by …

Sooo, it’s time for the Christmas tree to go! But where should it go? Don’t worry, each year, Christmas trees are repurposed to help with Louisiana’s coastal restoration. There are various locations of need and each parish contributes. If you want to donate your tree for this purpose, it must be bare of any ornaments, tinsel, decorations or lights. Only green, natural, unflocked trees can be recycled; artificial, flocked or painted trees will not be picked up. Please see the list below for your parish and use that leftover Christmas spirit for a great cause!

Jefferson Parish

Per the Jefferson Parish website, “Christmas trees will be collected curbside throughout unincorporated Jefferson Parish, Gretna, Harahan, Kenner, Lafitte and Westwego and will be recycled to nourish shoreline protection along Goose Bayou in the Town of Lafitte. Residents are advised to place trees curbside on the evening of Wednesday, January 9, 2019. Garbage trucks will make one pass through each neighborhood to collect trees on the 10th, 11th and 12th of January. For more information, call 504-731-4612, or visit their website HERE 

Orleans Parish

Orleans Parish will also be picking up Christmas Trees from January 10th – 12th. Residents should place their natural, unflocked trees on the curb for pick-up. Please do not place them on the neutral ground.

St. Tammany Parish

In St. Tammany Parish, trees can be dropped off, after Christmas, at two different locations. The St. Tammany Parish Fairgrounds (515 N. Florida St., Covington) or at the Old Levee Board Property (61134 Military Road, Slidell). For more information, see this article HERE.  

St. Charles Parish  

Will conduct curbside pick-up on January 10, 17 & 24th.

St. Bernard Parish

Will conduct curbside pick-up January 7-11th.

Southeastern Louisiana University – Drop-Off Locations

The Hammond Maintenance Facility

18104 Hwy. 190 in Hammond through Mardi Gras from 7 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Southeastern Sustainability Center 

2101 North Oak St. in Hammond through January 31st from 7 a.m. – 4 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 8-10 a.m. on Fridays.

Pennington’s Hardware and Screen-printing

407 Highway 22 W in Madisonville through Jan 31st from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Middendorf’s Restaurant in Manchac will be accepting trees starting January 4th.

Do you know of any additional places where to bring your tree (or where curbside pickup is available)? Please comment below with the information!

Jaime Mitchell
Jaime was born and raised in Monroe, LA where she studied Biology/Chemistry at the University of Louisiana. After graduating in 2004, she headed to NOLA where she didn’t know a single soul! Soon after, she met her husband Sonny and together they are biological, foster, and adoptive parents to 3 (or more) amazing human beings. She recently graduated with her Masters, works in Sales & Marketing and serves as a Chaplain for the JPSO. In addition to love for her family and those who are grieving, Jaime gets pretty excited about foster/adoption, photography, cooking, podcasts and camping road-trips with her family. 


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