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Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Vidar Ersrud of Baton Rouge recycles his family's Christmas Tree at BREC's Highland Road Park, Saturday. Additional drop off locations to recycle your trees can be found at BREC's Independence Park, Kathy Drive Park, Flannery Road Park and on Skip Bertman Drive across from the LSU Vet School. Drop off lasts until Jan. 30.

Christmas tree recycling is underway in the Zachary area.

Trees collected in the area recycling program for East Baton Rouge Parish residents are mulched for beneficial re-use.

Parish residents, including those in Baker and Zachary, have several options when recycling trees.

To recycle, remove all decorations and stands, but do not place the tree inside a garbage bag. Instead, set your real Christmas tree at the curb 3 feet from other garbage and unbundled trash.

Trees with flocking, decorations, stands or in bags will not be recycled and should be placed with your regular trash.

PICK UP: Trees to be recycled will be picked up from East Baton Rouge Parish residents between Jan. 11 and Jan. 23. There will be only one pickup in each area, so be sure to leave your tree at the curb during those two weeks.

DROP OFF: Sites will be open for tree recycling through Jan. 30. Residents should drop off their trees, putting them into the collection containers on site at the following locations: BREC’s Independence Park, 7500 Independence Blvd.; Highland Road Park, 14024 Highland Road; Kathy Drive Park, off O’Neal Lane by Team Toyota; and Flannery Road Park, 801 S. Flannery Road.

Also, trees can be recycled by dropping them off at LSU on Skip Bertman Drive in the lot across from the LSU Veterinary School.

Curbside recycling for clean, folded and flattened cardboard boxes will be accepted inside or next to your curbside recycling cart. Wrapping paper should be placed inside carts; however, no tissue paper or foil paper will be accepted.

Leave your recycling cart at the curb for the two-day period, so that crews can pick up all of the materials.

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