Curbside pickup begins for Christmas tree recycling program

Curbside pickup begins for Christmas tree recycling program

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - The Christmas tree recycling program in East Baton Rouge Parish got underway the day after Christmas and now curbside pickup is available.

Curbside pickup started on January 5 and will last through January 16.

The following drop-off collection sites are open through January 31: 

Independence Park - 7500 Independence Boulevard 

Highland Road Park - 14024 Highland Road

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

Flannery Road Park - 801 South Flannery Road

Pecue Wood Recycling Facility - 9455 Pecue Lane

LSU - Skip Bertman Drive in lot across from Vet School

"The trees will be collected in rear loaders or brush trucks on the resident's trash collection day in a separate pass," said Susan Hamilton, recycling director. "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,"

Hamilton added 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.

There will be no curbside recycling on New Year's Day. More than 103,000 tons of Christmas tree have been collected and processed into compost and mulch.

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