Mayor Mitch Landrieu announced yesterday that the city will continue its Christmas tree recycling program for wetlands restoration. Residents should leave their trees on the curb from Jan. 6 to Jan. 8, when they'll be picked up by trash crews. Tree collection for the French Quarter/Downtown Development District will be Jan. 6 only.
If anyone wants to volunteer to help put the trees along coastal areas, call Dani Levine in the Office of Coastal & Environmental Affairs at 658-4071. Volunteers must be 18 or older and should be able to lift at least 30 pounds.
Beginning in February, the Louisiana National Guard will collect the trees via helicopter and place them along the coast with the aid of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
Read more about the process in Lauren LaBorde's interview with Jefferson Parish's Department of Environmental Affairs.