We’re officially into Carnival season, so it’s time to get rid of the trappings of the Christmas season — namely the tree. Local parishes that offer curbside Christmas tree recycling have scheduled pickups for this week.
Jefferson Parish residents should put their trees out Wednesday, Jan. 8, and they’ll be picked up Thursday through Saturday (Jan. 9-11), and Orleans Parish residents’ trees will be picked up by the curb on regular garbage collection days, Thursday through Saturday, (Jan 9-11), this week only.
Many of the trees picked up in Jefferson Parish will be placed along shoreline fences in Goose Bayou near Lafitte, while others will be ground into mulch for composting.
To be accepted for recycling, trees should be undecorated and not have any remnants of tinsel, lights or ornaments on them. Do not place trees in plastic bags. Flocked trees are not acceptable for recycling. The trees are mostly placed along Louisiana's coastline to help rebuild land.
Recycling schedules in nearby towns include:
Tuesday, Jan. 7 is the last day for curbside pickup in St. Bernard Parish, as well as dropping off Christmas trees at the Paris Road Transfer Station (5120 Paris Road, Chalmette). That collection station is open from 7 a.m. to noon and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. through Tuesday. Trees collected in St. Bernard Parish will be used as a wave break near the Mandalay National Wildlife Refuge.
Terrebonne Parish’s curbside pickup also ends Tuesday, but residents also can drop off trees at 263 Ashland Landfill Road, Houma; 651 Isle Cuba Road, Shriever; and 160 Crochetville Road, Montegut.
St. Charles Parish offers curbside tree collection on the same days it picks up garbage from Wednesday, Jan. 8, through Jan. 21. Drop-off sites include the East Bank Bridge Park (9762 River Road, Destrehan) and West Bank Bridge Park (13825 River Road, Luling).
There is no curbside recycling for Christmas trees in St. Tammany Parish, but tree collection sites are open through Jan. 21 at the St. Tammany Fairgrounds in Covington or 61134 Military Road in Slidell. The drop-off centers are open 7:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday through Friday. Residents in St. Tammany Parish are allowed to place their trees curbside for pickup with their regular trash, but those trees will not be recycled.
St. John the Baptist Parish is picking up trees curbside through Jan. 13 and will be placed in Manchac.