Scroll down this page for local Louisiana recycling and responsible disposal options for holiday waste, from Christmas trees and wreathes, to lights, ornaments, wrapping and packaging. Many towns and cities offer curbside collection, even for Christmas trees. Counties and unicorporated areas typically have a number or drop-off locations.
Christmas trees are usually colllected from December 26th through
the first 2 or 3 weeks in January. Whether your tree is picked up from
your curb, or you drop it off, be sure to remove all
remove all lights, wire, tinsel, ornaments, nails, stands, other
NON-Organic decorative materials and other materials that are not part
of the original tree. This includes tree stands also. Flocked trees are
occasionally accepted (call to verify), but not artificial trees. Large trees (larger
than the standard 6 - 7 ft tree) may need to be cut in half to
be acceptable by your
curbside garbage hauler.
The trees and wreathes are usually chipped and made into a mulch
which is ofteny made available, free to city or county residents.
Ornaments and light strings are usually placed into your
curbside collection bin. Some localities have year-round
collection centers. The same is true of wrapping paper and boxes.
Always follow the links (usually the blue, underlined name of the city or county) below for updated information, as these agencies often wait until the last minute to change dates or update their information.
If your area is not specifically mentioned below, call your trash collection
agency and ask!
Louisiana: Where and How to Recycle Your Christmas Tree After the Holidays January 2022
- Ascension Parish, Louisiana
Drop-off - Lamar-Dixon Expo Center, 9039 St. Landry Rd, Gonzales, LA. from 9 am to 1 pm.
from December 28 through Sunday in mid-January.
The drop off location will be the unpaved parking area on the left side as you enter the main
information, call 225-450-1506. (Exact dates may vary from
year to year - so call them!)
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
- Christmas tree curbside recycling program will begin the second week in January
with service scheduled to run through the 3rd week of January
The Christmas tree curbside recycling
program is available for all East Baton Rouge Parish
residents, with the exception of residents inside Baker and Zachary
city limits as these cities operate under separate recycling
collection service agreements. In order to be collected, trees must
be placed curbside a minimum of three feet from other garbage and
unbundled trash, with tinsel, stands, lights, and ornaments removed
from trees as these items can contaminate the City-Parish's ability
to recycle the tree. Residents should avoid placing trees curbside
with any flocking, decorations, stands, or in plastic bags; while
these will still be picked up as trash, they will not be recycled. Leave recycling cart at the curb
over the two-day periods to allow crews to collect the materials
All sizes clean folded flattened cardboard boxes accepted inside or
next to the curbside cart. City-Parish officials are advising
residents to leave trees curbside throughout this two-week timeframe
as trees may be picked up on days that differ from a resident's
normal collection schedule.
will be able to drop off their Christmas tree for recycling
at the following locations from December 26th through late January:
- Independence Park, parking lot off Lobdell between
tennis courts and Liberty Lagoon
Highland Road Park, 14024
Memorial Stadium, grassy lot near the corner of
Scenic and Foss
Flannery Road Park, 801 S. Flannery Road
Skip Bertman Drive, lot across from Vet School
Please remove stand,
decorations and lights
Do not put tree in a disposal bag
trees in collection containers
Wrapping paper should be placed inside
No tissue paper or foil paper accepted
- Calcasieu Parish, Louisiana - is not offering recycling
East Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana (excluding Baker and
Zachary) all trees collected are either mulched or composted. Remove
all tinsel, stands, lights, or ornaments from trees and not placed
in a bag.
Curbside - the first 2 weeks of January.
Drop-off - Sites open December 26 to
January 31 - put trees in collection containers
Independence Park - 7500 Independence Avenue, B.R.
Park - 14024 Highland Rd, B.R.
Memorial Stadium: Grassy lot near
the corner of Scenic and Foss
Flannery Road Park - 801 S. Flannery, B.R.
Pecue Wood Recycling Facility - 9544 Pecue Lane, B.R.
LSU - Skip
Bertman Drive (lot across from Vet School)
- Iberia Parish, Louisiana - is not offering recycling this
- Jefferson Parish, Louisiana
- trees collected will be recycled for beneficial use - either marsh restoration or composting. Christmas trees will be collected at the location of
your regular garbage collection throughout Jefferson Parish, on on Thursday of the first full week in January and that Friday and Saturday. Residents in
Unincorporated Jefferson Parish and the Town of Jean Lafitte should place trees curbside on the evening of Wednesday of the first week in January. Trees
must meet the following guidelines in order to be recycled: No flocked trees, No artificial trees, No painted trees; Remove all lights, garland,
tinsel, ornaments, tree stands and plastic bags. The trees will be recycled in an effort to fight coastal erosion. Click here to view a video that
highlights the Parish's efforts to restore important marshland in Lower Lafitte.
For more information, please contact the Jefferson Parish
Department of Coastal Management at 504-736-6719, email [email protected] or
Curbside - Garbage trucks will make one pass through
neighborhoods on several mid-week nights in mid-January. (Exact dates may vary from year to year)
Volunteers are needed for one day in February.
Any adult or high school age teen interested in participating should call Coastal Management at 504.736.6441 to register.
flat bottom boats are also needed. Work will begin at 8:30 a.m. in Lafitte and should end at about 1 p.m. Lunch will be provided.
- Lafayette, Louisiana - trees will be picked up with the
yard waste and composted
- Lafourche Parish, Louisiana - is not offering recycling
- will conduct Christmas tree recycling from December 26 to Friday of the first full week in January
or residents may drop off trees at the
Monroe Civic Center or Wal-Mart parking lot on Lamy Lane.
New Orleans, Louisiana - trees will be recycled to promote
the restoration of Louisiana's wetlands.
Curbside - On properties serviced by Richard's Disposal and Metro Service Group, trees should go out to
the curb by 5 am on their regularly scheduled collection days starting on Thursday of the second full week in January to that Saturday. In the Downtown
Development District and French Quarter, which relies on Empire Services, residents should place their trees at the location of regular garbage
collection before 4 am on Wednesday, of the second week in January. The citywide effort is funded by the Office of Resilience and Sustainability.
- Orleans Parish - Residents eligible for garbage
collection by the city can put them curbside, before 5 am, on
their regularly scheduled second collection day in early to
mid-January (for properties served by Richard's Disposal and Metro
Properties in the French Quarter or DDD (served by
Empire Services), should place their trees curbside before 4 am on
the second Thursday in January.
- Plaquemines Parish, Louisiana- is not offering recycling
- Tangipahoa Parish, Louisiana - Drop off at the
following locations in January:
There are several drop off locations throughout the parish; Trees
can be dropped off starting in the first week of January.
Hammond Maintenance Facility,
18104 Hwy. 190 in Hammond (next to Piggly Wiggly Super Market)
Hours: 7 am to 3:30 pm Mon-Fri, starting December 26 through the end of
Southeastern Sustainability Center, 2101 North Oak
Street in Hammond
Hours: 7 am to 4 pm Mon-Thurs and 8 - 10 am on Fri, through the end of January.
Restaurant in Manchac, 30160 U.S. 51, Akers, LA 70421.
Depot and Lowe's Hammond
make sure your tree is not flocked and is free of any lights,
ornaments, metal stands, or other un-natural materials. Donated
trees will be used to help build up marshland in areas that have
been impacted by erosion and other factors.
Terrebonne Parish, Louisiana
- the trees collected will go into retention fences called "cribs" along the Intracoastal Waterway near the Mandalay National Wildlife Refuge.They
provide an effective wave break. Flocked trees and trees with tinsel, decorations, or tree stands cannot be used. lace their Christmas trees in the
area of their normal garbage pickup from early January through the end of the second week of January. Residents may also drop off their Christmas
trees at the following locations:
236 Ashland Landfill Road,
651 Isle of Cuba Road, Schriever
160 Crochetville Road,
MontegutThere are other options:
- trees will be picked up during normal garbage pickup in early January
Drop-off Sites - trees
can be dropped off any time prior to the end of the 2nd week of January at TPCG Residential
drop-off sites at
236 Ashland Landfill Road, Houma
651 Isle of Cuba Road, Schriever
160 Crochetville Road, Montegut
St. John the Baptist Parish, Louisiana
- St. John the Baptist Parish will collect real Christmas trees on Thursdays throughout January.
If you have a real Christmas tree that needs to
be collected, please place curbside starting this week for pickup.
Remove lights, decorations, hooks, nails and other items from the tree prior
to placing curbside.
- St. Martin Parish, Louisiana - is not offering recycling
West Carroll Parish, Louisiana - the trees collected will
be mulched. Drop-off - from December 26 to early January at Poverty Point
State Historic Site, just west of Epps Town Hall. There will be
an area fenced with orange construction fence.
- Other areas: Here is a
DEQ list, from their website
, but their list is not complete and it is
undated. We will watch for
updates on their home page. If your parish isn't listed, please call your parish
office for instructions.