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Christmas tree recycling

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,Grinding Christmas trees into mulch 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 January 2021 Curbside, Local Recycling and Disposal Options for Trees, Lights and Other Holiday Waste

Louisiana January 2021 Curbside, Local Recycling and Disposal Options for Trees, Lights and Other Holiday Waste

  • 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 gate.
    For more 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 January 7 with service scheduled to run through January 19. 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.
    Residents 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 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

    Please remove stand, decorations and lights
    Do not put tree in a disposal bag
    Put trees in collection containers
    Wrapping paper should be placed inside cart
    No tissue paper or foil paper accepted
  • Calcasieu Parish, Louisiana - is not offering recycling this year
  • 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.
    Highland Road 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 year

  • 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 January 7, 2021, January 8, 2021 and January 9, 2021. Residents in Unincorporated Jefferson Parish and the Town of Jean Lafitte should place trees curbside on the evening of Wednesday, January 6, 2021.  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 visit www.JeffParish.net/Coastal.
    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. 
    Volunteers with 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 this year
  • Monroe, Louisiana - will conduct Christmas tree recycling from December 26 to Saturday, January 7, 2021
    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 between Thursday, January 9, 2020, and Saturday, January 11, 2020. 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, January 8, 2020. 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 Services).
    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 this year
  • 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 January.
    Southeastern Sustainability Center, 2101 North Oak Street in Hammond
    Hours: 7 am to 4 pm Mon-Thurs and 8 - 10 am on Fri, starting Saturday, January 4, 2020through the end of January.
    Middendorf's Restaurant in Manchac, 30160 U.S. 51, Akers, LA 70421.
    Home Depot and Lowe's Hammond locations.
    Please 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 January 6, 2020 to January 10, 2020. Residents may also drop off their Christmas trees at the following locations:
    236 Ashland Landfill Road, Houma
    651 Isle of Cuba Road, Schriever
    160 Crochetville Road, MontegutThere are other options:
    Curbside - trees will be picked up during normal garbage pickup January 6, 2020 to January 10, 2020
    Drop-off Sites - trees can be dropped off any time prior to January 10, 2020 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 - the trees collected will be recycled at the Manchac site to help fight erosion, serve as an enhancement for wetland animals and help restore the coastline. Curbside - trees will be picked up from Saturday, January 4, 2020 to January 13.
  • St. Martin Parish, Louisiana - is not offering recycling this year
  • West Carroll Parish, Louisiana - the trees collected will be mulched. Drop-off - from December 26 to January 4, 2020 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.

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