Christmas tree recycling gets underway as post-holiday clean-up begins

Christmas tree recycling gets underway as post-holiday clean-up begins

Christmas tree recycling gets underway as post-holiday clean-up begins

As the needles on your Christmas tree fall with increasing frequency, it's time to consider the next step for your spruce or balsam fir. The city says trees collected during this time will be ground into mulch and available to residents in the spring.

Properties in the French Quarter or DDD, served by Empire Services, should place their trees curbside before 4 a.m. on Thursday, Jan. 11.

Right now, both Whole Foods locations are taking Christmas trees for free until Tuesday, Jan. 2.

Another option is to take your tree to one of several locations where trees are being gathered to be used as fish habitats in local waterways. Others require homeowners to drop off old trees. Hours are 7 a.m.to 6 p.m. weekdays and 7 a.m.to 4 p.m. Artificial trees should be placed out for bulk trash collection.

New Orleans residents who are eligible for garbage collection by the city can place their Christmas trees curbside, before 5 a.m., on their regularly scheduled second collection day that occurs between January 11-13 for properties served by Richard's Disposal and Metro Services, the city said. All decorations, tinsel, plastic wrap and stands must be removed. Residents may also drop trees off at Cottonwood Park at 4051 North Story Road, Hunter Ferrell Landfill at 220 West Hunter Ferrell Road, Las Colinas Service Center at 5964 Riverside Drive or Southwest Park at 2800 West Shady Grove Road.

"We place them on wooden pallet habitat structures to diversify the habitat, or sink just the trees themselves", Ron Brooks, director of fisheries for Kentucky Fish and Wildlife, said in a news release previous year describing the practice.

Southeastern Louisiana University, the city of Hammond and Middendorf's Restaurant in Manchac are partnering to provide drop-off sites for Christmas trees, the university said.

There are also Christmas Tree removal sites for Lafayette residents including Shamrock Park and Armstrong Park. The site is open from 4 to 8 p.m. The first, obviously, is to take off the Christmas ornaments and drape the tree in Mardi Gras beads.

Check the Northern Virginia Regional Commission website for more information.

In Gretna, residents are asked to place trees on the curb January 11, for pickup January 12 or 13, the city said.

Bring trees to city garage on Jones Street.

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