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Christmas tree recycling schedule and mine will be out waiting to be picked up.

If you aren’t turning your Christmas tree into a Mardi Gras tree, then give it one last job: protecting Louisiana’s coastline. Parishes in metro New Orleans will soon begin their annual tree collections. After being picked up from the curb, trees are taken to nearby wetlands to reduce wave action and fill in man-made canals. The trees also create important habitat for birds, fish, crabs, crawfish and shrimp. In 2021, more than 5,000 Christmas trees were collected in Orleans Parish and then airlifted by the Louisiana National Guard into the Bayou Sauvage National Wildlife Refuge to create new marsh habitat, New Orleans officials said. After the trees are dropped by helicopter, workers use boats to move them to their final position. Only natural trees can be recycled. Artificial, flocked or painted trees can’t be used. Residents should remove all lights, tinsel, garland, ornaments and tree stands, officials said. Trees should not be in plastic bags either. If trees don’t meet the requirements for recycling (flocked, bagged, etc.), they will be collected with the garbage and taken to a landfill.

So, a naked tree just like it was when brought into the home to be decorated. Now for when pickups occur in Orleans, Jefferson, St Tammany and St Charles parishes.

In Orleans Parish, residents whose properties are serviced by Richard’s Disposal and Metro Service Group should put their tree out before 5 a.m. on their regularly scheduled collection day between Jan. 10 and 15, New Orleans officials said. Properties in the French Quarter and the Downtown Development District, serviced by Empire Services, should put their tree out before 4 a.m. on Thursday, Jan. 13. Officials warned residents against putting trees on the neutral ground. Trees should be placed where trash is normally collected.

Residents in unincorporated Jefferson Parish and the town of Jean Lafitte should put their trees out the night of Wednesday, Jan. 5. Trees will be picked up Jan. 6-8. The trees are used within the Barataria Basin. Since the program started in 1991, more than 15,500 linear feet of shoreline wave dampening fences have been constructed and six abandoned oil and gas canals have been filled near the town of Jean Lafitte. For more information, contact the Jefferson Parish Department of Coastal Management at 504-736-6719, email or visit

St. Charles Parish will do residential curbside pickup Jan. 10-21 for Christmas trees. Residents also can drop off trees from Jan. 4-21 in the designated areas at the East Bank Bridge Park in Destrehan and the West Bank Bridge Park in Luling.

Trees are being accepted now at the St. Tammany Parish Fairgrounds at 1515 North Florida St. in Covington and the Old Levee Board property at 61134 Military Road in Slidell during daylight hours. Trees will be accepted through Jan. 28, parish officials said Tuesday. Curbside pickup is not available in St. Tammany Parish.

Dates have not been announced yet for St. Bernard and Plaquemines parishes. 

This is a good cause that does good work and a good way to get rid of the tree.

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