Family Life, Holidays

Cities Encourage Residents to Recycle Christmas Trees for Coastal Restoration

Find out where, when, and how to recycle your Christmas tree this year.


Residents are reminded that the City of New Orleans will continue its Christmas tree recycling program in an effort to restore and protect the Louisiana coastline.

Orleans Parish residents, eligible for collection by the City, are encouraged to recycle their Christmas trees by placing them at the location of their regular garbage collection before 5 a.m. on their regularly scheduled second collection day that occurs between Jan. 7-9, 2021, for properties serviced by Richard’s Disposal and Metro Service Group. Properties in the French Quarter or DDD, serviced by Empire Services, should place their trees at the location of their regular garbage collection, before 4 a.m. on Thursday, Jan. 7, 2021.  

Only natural, unflocked trees that are free of tree stands and all trimmings (decorations, ornaments, tinsel, and lights) will be collected for recycling. Flocked, artificial trees, trees in bags, or trees with unremoved trimmings will be collected with garbage and transported to the landfill. Trees are not to be placed on the neutral grounds, as this delays the collection process.  


Christmas trees will be collected curbside on Jan. 7, 2021, Jan. 8, 2021 and Jan. 9, 2021. Residents in Unincorporated Jefferson Parish and the Town of Jean Lafitte should place trees curbside on the evening of Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021.

Trees must meet the following guidelines in order to be recycled:

The trees will be recycled in an effort to fight coastal erosion. Click here to view a video that highlights the Parish’s efforts to restore important marshland in Lower Lafitte.

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


In addition, the St. Tammany Parish Government will accept Christmas trees for recycling. The trees are collected for use in cooperative marsh restoration efforts.

Bare, unflocked trees can be brought to the St. Tammany Parish Fairgrounds at 1515 North Florida Street in Covington and The Old Levee Board Property at 61134 Military Road in Slidell, during daylight hours. Trees must be stripped of all decorations —ornaments, lights, tinsel, etc. and the stands must be removed completely to be eligible for the program. Flocked trees cannot be accepted at the drop-off sites as they cannot be used for the project.

Trees will be accepted until January 29, 2021.

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