Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- Dumpster at BREC's Highland Road Park waits for people to drop in their cut Christmas trees, for use in recycling applications.

The East Baton Rouge Parish Recycling Office and Department of Public Works will start the curbside collection of Christmas trees for all East Baton Rouge Parish residents — excect in Baker and Zachary — from Monday to Jan. 16.

Recycling director Susan Hamiltion said several drop-off locations around the city are open and will continue accepting trees until Jan. 31.

Christmas trees are to be placed at the curb separate from other unbundled trash and woody waste.

The trees will be picked up on the resident’s trash collection day during a separate pass of the garbage routes until Jan. 16.

Residents should remove all tinsel, metal stands, lights and ornaments from Christmas trees before placing them on the curb.

Hamiltion said in a news release the Christmas trees will be delivered to Natural Resources Recovery Inc., the city-parish’s recycling contractor, where they will be processed into compost or mulch.

The following drop-off sites also will be open until Jan. 31:

Independence Park, 7500 Independence Blvd

Highland Road Park, 14024 Highland Road

Kathy Drive Park, off O’Neal Lane near Team Toyota

Flannery Road Park, 801 S. Flannery Road

Pecue Wood Recycling Facility, 9455 Pecue Lane

LSU, Skip Bertman Drive, in the lot across from the LSU Vet School.

For information, call the city’s Recycling Office at (225) 389-5194.