The 25th annual Christmas tree recycling project begins next week with curbside collection scheduled throughout Jefferson Parish. Volunteers also are needed to help recycle the trees for march restoration and compost.
Trees will be collected curbside Jan. 8-10 in unincorporated Jefferson Parish as well as Gretna, Harahan, Lafitte and Westwego. Residents are asked to place trees curbside the evening of Jan. 7.
And in Kenner, trees will be collected Jan. 7-9, and residents should place their trees on the curb Tuesday evening.
Garbage trucks will make one pass through each neighborhood to collect trees. Only clean, unpainted and non-flocked trees will be accepted for recycling. Prior to placing trees curbside, residents must remove all lights, tinsel, garland, ornaments, tree stands and plastic bags from their Christmas trees.
Recycled trees will be used for either marsh restoration or for composting. The trees that will be placed in the marsh will help refurbish previously constructed shoreline fences in Goose Bayou near Lafitte to help protect and restore coastal wetlands. Others trees will be brought to Wood Materials LLC to be chipped and used for composting.
“Although the Louisiana Office of Coastal Management discontinued funding the Christmas tree marsh restoration projects throughout the state, we are able to continue the project thanks to a generous donation of $25,000 from DynoNobel and to the cooperative effort of Wood Materials LLC,” said Kriss Fortunato, public information officer for Jefferson Parish.
Volunteers also are needed, especially those who own shallow draft boats, to move trees from a staging area in Lafitte to the preconstructed shoreline fences in Goose Bayou.
Volunteers should meet at 8 a.m. Jan. 10 and Jan. 17 at Cochiara’s Marina, 4477 Jean Lafitte Blvd., in Lafitte and move trees to the preconstructed shoreline fences in Goose Bayou. Fortunato said that “if volunteer turnout completes the project on Jan. 10, we will cancel the Jan. 17 event.”
Volunteers must be at least 18 years old and should wear layered clothing including long pants, long sleeved shirts and closed-toe, hard-sole shoes. Hats and sunscreen also are recommended. Gloves, safety glasses, life vests, lunch and refreshments will be provided.
For information or to volunteer, call the Jefferson Parish Department of Environmental Affairs at (504) 731-4612.