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If you don’t want to make your Christmas tree into a Mardi Gras-themed tree, then give it a final job: Protecting the coastline of Louisiana.

New Orleans’ metro Parishes will soon start their annual tree collections. Trees are removed from the curb and taken to nearby wetlands. This reduces wave action and fills in man-made canals.

Ten miles from Louisiana’s receding coast, on an island that was about to sink away, new land is growing at a speed of 200 feet per hour.

Officials in New Orleans stated that more than 5,000 Christmas trees from Orleans Parish were collected in 2021 and then flown by the Louisiana National Guard to the Bayou Sauvage National Wildlife Refuge to create marsh habitat. Workers use boats to transport the trees to their final location after they are dropped by helicopter.

What can be recycled

Recycle only natural trees You can’t use artificial, flocked or painted trees.

Officials advised residents to remove all lights, ornaments, garland, garland, and tree stands. Plastic bags should be avoided when transporting trees.

Christmas tree recycling

Officials in New Orleans are gathering Christmas trees for protection of Louisiana’s coastline. (File photo by Susan Poag, The Times-Picayune).

Trees that are not recyclable (flocked, bagged or otherwise) will be taken to a landfill.They will be taken to a landfill with the garbage if they don’t meet the requirements for recycling.

New Orleans schedule

Residents of Orleans Parish who have their properties serviced by Richard’s Disposal & Metro Service Group are asked to put their tree out before 5 AM on the regular collection day between Jan. 10 – 15, New Orleans officials advised.

Empire Services will service properties in the French Quarter and Downtown Development District. On Thursday, January 13, they should have their tree out by 4 a.m.

Officials warned residents to avoid planting trees on the neutral ground. Trees should only be planted where trash is collected normally.

Jefferson Parish schedule

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Residents in the unincorporated Jefferson Parish should plant their trees on Wednesday, January 5. Trees can be picked up January 6-8.

The trees are used in the Barataria Basin.

The annual Christmas Tree Marsh Shoreline Recycling Project helps restore coastline (copy)

Volunteers often use flatboats during annual Christmas Tree Marsh Shoreline Recycling Projects. These projects have saved more than 15,500 feet of shoreline from destruction since 1991.

See Also

Since the Program began in 1991In the vicinity of Jean Lafitte, six abandoned oil and natural gas canals were filled with water and more than 15500 feet of shoreline waves dampening fences.

For more information, contact the Jefferson Parish Department of Coastal Management at 504-736-6719, email or visit

St. Charles Parish schedule

St. Charles Parish will conduct residential curbside pick-up Jan. 10-21 for Christmas trees.

Residents can also drop off trees in designated areas at the East Bank Bridge Park, Destrehan, and the West Bank Bridge Park, Luling, from Jan. 4-21.

Schedule for St. Tammany Parish

Trees are now being accepted at the St. Tammany Parish Fairgrounds located at 1515 North Florida St., Covington and at the Old Levee Board property located at 61134 Military Road, Slidell, during daylight hours.

Trees will still be accepted until Jan. 28 Parish officialsTuesday

St. Tammany Parish does not offer curbside pickup.

For St. Bernard and Plaquemines parishes, dates have not yet been announced.

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Carlie Kollath is a morning reporter at NOLA.comThe Times-Picayune | The New Orleans Advocate.

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