EBR kicks off annual Christmas tree recycling

Information from Mayor Kip Holden's office:

BATON ROUGE, LA - The 2013-2014 Christmas tree recycling program will offer curbside collection of trees this year for East Baton Rouge residents, except in Baker and Zachary. Several drop-off locations will also be available.

Recycling Director Susan Hamilton said that Allied Waste will collect Christmas trees placed on the curb between January 6, 2014 and January 18, 2014.

"The trees will be collected in rear loaders or brush trucks on the resident's trash collection day in a separate pass," stated Hamilton. "The Christmas trees are then delivered to Natural Resources Recovery, Inc., the city-parish woody-waste recycling contractor, where they are processed into compost or mulch."

Christmas trees should be placed at the curb separate from other unbundled trash and woody waste. Residents should remove tinsel, metal stands, lights, and ornaments from trees before recycling them because those items can contaminate mulch and compost.

The following drop-off collection sites will open Thursday December 26, 2013, and continue to accept trees through Monday, January 31, 2014:

Independence Park, 7500 Independence Blvd.

Highland Road Park, 14024 Highland Road

Kathy Drive Park, off O'Neal Lane by Team Toyota

Flannery Road Park, 801 S. Flannery Road

Pecue Wood Recycling Facility, 9455 Pecue Lane

LSU, Skip Bertman Drive in lot across from Vet School

Sponsors of the Christmas tree recycling program are the East Baton Rouge Parish Recycling Office and Department of Public Works, Allied Waste, The Recycling Foundation, Natural Resources Recovery Inc., the East Baton Rouge Recreation and Park Commission, and LSU.

For more information, call the Recycling Office at (225) 389-5194, or visit the web site at www.brgov.com/recycle.


Curbside recycling for Wednesday December 25, 2012, and Wednesday January 1, 2013 will be made up over a two-day period as follows:

December 25th make up: Thursday December 26th and Friday December 27th

January 1st make up: Thursday January 2nd and Friday January 3rd

We ask that residents leave their recycling cart at the curb over the two-day period to allow crews to collect the materials

All clean, folded flattened cardboard boxes accepted in the curbside recycling cart. Place inside or next to recycling cart. Wrapping paper may be placed inside the recycling cart.

No tissue paper accepted.

Residents who would like a recycling cart should call (225) 925-3442.

The recycling drop off for apartment tenants and small businesses will be held on Saturday January 18 at the Louisiana Department of Insurance, 6945 Florida Boulevard, from 8:00 a.m. until noon. Christmas wrapping paper and clean folded cardboard will be accepted. No Christmas trees are accepted at this drop off.