Christmas tree pickups for recycling program starts Monday in East Baton Rouge _lowres

Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- Belaire High School welding instructor Donnie Adams, during a visits by his welding students at Delta Tech Service, Inc.

Now that Christmas lights have come down and the New Year’s resolutions made (some likely already broken), it’s the time of the year when the city-parish starts collecting Christmas trees for recycling.

City-parish residents are being asked to place their Christmas trees on the curb for the next two weeks, starting Monday and ending Jan. 23, for collection by a city-parish contractor, Republic Services.

Baker and Zachary residents will not be part of the city-parish Christmas tree recycling program. They and other residents who do not want to wait for the recycling window, can drop off their trees at several collection sites until Jan. 30.

The drop-off collection sites are:

Independence Park, 7500 Independence Blvd.

Highland Road Park, 14024 Highland Road

Kathy Drive Park, 1801 Kathy Drive off O’Neal Lane by Team Toyota

Flannery Road Park, 801 S. Flannery Road

LSU, Skip Bertman Drive in lot across from the vet school.

Before dropping off trees or placing them on curbs, the city-parish is requesting that people remove all tinsel, lights, ornaments and other decorations. Trees also should be placed separately from woody waste or other loose trash.

People also can recycle cardboard gift boxes inside recycling carts or next to them, as long as the boxes are folded and flattened.

Wrapping paper and non-glossy gift bags also can be recycled, but tissue paper and foil paper will not be accepted.

Apartment tenants, business owners and others who want to drop off recyclable material can do so at Progressive Waste Solutions, 7923 Tom Drive.