How to Recycle or Dispose of Christmas TreesWhere and How to Recycle or Dispose of Christmas Trees in Louisiana in January 2018

How to Recycle or Dispose of Christmas Trees

In many urban and suburban areas, Christmas trees are collected from curbside during the first 2 weeks in January. 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 usually accepted, 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 garbage hauler. But scrroll down this page for more specific information and local links.

What happens to the trees? In most cases, the trees are chipped and made into a mulch which is usually made available, free to city or county residents. Important: Never burn your Christmas tree in a fireplace or wood stove. Burning the tree may contribute to creosote buildup and could cause a chimney fire.

Tips: Always follow the links (usually the 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 (it's government, remember?). If your area is Grinding Christmas trees into mulchnot specifically mentioned below, contact your trash collection agency and inquire!

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See our easy recipes to make a Chocolate Yule log and click here to make your own low-fat, low calorie but delicious Egg Nog ! Then come back to our other website in March to find a local Easter Egg Hunt for your children !

Louisiana: Where and How to Recycle Your Christmas Tree After the Holidays

  • This is a DEQ list, from their website , but it 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.
  • Ascension Parish, Louisiana
    Drop-off - Lamar Dixon, January 11 and 12 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. (Exact dates may vary from year to year - so call them!)
  • Baton Rouge, Louisiana - No curbside recycling Christmas Day or New Year's Day; pick ups are during the first 2 full weeks of January. Christmas Recycling Guidelines:
    Please remove stand, decorations and lights
    Do not put tree in a disposal bag
    Put trees in collection containers
    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
    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
    Curbside - Jan. 6 to Jan. 18
    Drop-off - Sites open December 26 to Jan. 31 - put trees in collection containers
    BREC Parks
    Independence Park - 7500 Independence Avenue, B.R.
    Highland Road Park - 14024 Highland Rd, B.R.
    Kathy Drive Park - enter off Oneal Lane by Team Toyota
    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
    Curbside - Garbage trucks will make one pass through neighborhoods on Jan. 9, 10 and
    11. ((Exact dates may vary from year to year - so call them!)) Trees must be out on the curb on Wed., Jan. 8. Jefferson Parish Department of Environmental Affairs (Christmas Tree Marsh Restoration Project),
    4901 Jefferson Hwy, Suite E., Jefferson, (504)731-4612.
  • 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 Jan. 5 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
    Curbside - trees will be picked up on regularly scheduled collection days on Jan. 9, 10
    and 11. Do not place trees on neutral ground. CHRISTMAS TREES
  • Plaquemines Parish, Louisiana- is not offering recycling this year
  • Tangipahoa Parish, Louisiana - Drop off at the following locations in 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 Jan. 5 through the end of January.
    Middendorf's Restaurant in Manchac, 30160 U.S. 51, Akers, LA 70421.
    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.
    Curbside - trees will be picked up during normal garbage pickup Jan. 2 to Jan. 7
    Drop-off Sites - trees can be dropped off any time prior to Jan. 7 at
    TPCG Residential drop-off sites at 263 Ashland Landfill Road, 651 Isle Cuba Road in Schriever or 160 Crochetville Road in 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 Jan. 5 to Jan. 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 Jan. 6 at Poverty Point State Historic Site, just west of Epps Town Hall. There will be an area fenced with orange construction fence.