Christmas Tree Recycling 2019/2020 :: Who, What, Where, When & Why

Christmas Tree Recycling 2019/2020 :: Who, What, Where, When & Why


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.


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.


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 should place trees at curb prior to 4 am on Wednesday, January 8th.
    • 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 9-11th.
    • For more information please call NOLA 3-1-1.
  • Jefferson Parish
    • Place trees curbside on January 8. Trees will be picked up January 9, 10, and 11th.
    • 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.
    • Trees will be accepted every day following Christmas during daylight hours.

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 from December 28 through January 12th.
    • For more information please call (225)450-1506.
  • Baton Rouge, Louisiana
    • The Christmas tree curbside recycling program will begin January 7 through January 19th and is available for all East Baton Rouge Parish residents, with the exception of residents inside Baker and Zachary city limits.
    • Please place trees curbside at a minimum of three feet from other garbage, cans, recycling and unbundled trash.
    • Trees could take up to two weeks to be collected, so please be patient.
    • If you prefer drop off, you may bring your tree to the following locations from December 26 through January 26th:
        • 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
    • Drop off will be available at the following locations in January:
      • Hammond Maintenance Facility, 18104 Hwy. 190 in Hammond (next to Piggly Wiggly Super Market), 7 am to 3:30 pm, Monday-Friday.
      • Southeastern Sustainability Center, 2101 North Oak Street in Hammond, 7 am to 4 pm Mon-Thurs and 8 am to 10 am on Friday, starting January 5th.
      • Middendorf’s Restaurant in Manchac, 30160 U.S. 51, Akers, LA 70421
      • Home Depot and Lowe’s (Hammond locations)
  • Terrebonne Parish
    • Christmas trees should be placed in the area of normal garbage pickup from January 1st to 5th.
    • Residents may also drop off Christmas trees at the following locations:
      • 236 Ashland Landfill Road, Houma
      • 651 Isle of Cuba Road, Schriever
      • 160 Crochetville Road, Montegut
  • St. John the Baptist Parish
    • Place trees curbside for pick up from January 5th to January 13th.
    • Drop off is available at the Manchac site.
  • West Carroll Parish
    • Drop-off will be available from December 26th to January 6th at Poverty Point State Historic Site, just west of Epps Town Hall.
    • Drop trees in the area marked by the orange construction fence.

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

For more information and source data, please visit the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality.

Tara is a mom of four and lives in Metairie with her husband, kids, dog, birds and turtle. 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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