Christmas tree recycling will begin Wednesday in Kenner and the city is asking residents to put their trees on the curb beginning tonight.

Trucks will start picking them up Wednesday as part of the Jefferson Parish tree recycling program, which continues through Jan. 10.

Tree collection is unrelated to the city’s regular garbage pickup, so residents are asked to disregard their normal trash pick up schedule and get their trees on the curb in time for the program’s first day Wednesday.

Residents must remove all decorations and lights from the trees, including tinsel, ornaments, tree stands and plastic bags, the city said in a news release.

Flocked, painted or artificial trees cannot be recycled, and will be picked up along with regular garbage collection items.

Trees collected throughout the parish will be used either for marsh restoration or will be composted.

The parish’s tree recycling program is in its 25th year, bringing needed materials to marsh restoration projects in Goose Bayou near Lafitte.

Jefferson Parish is looking for volunteers, particularly those with shallow draft boats, to help move the trees from a staging area in Lafitte to the area of the pre-constructed shoreline fences in Goose Bayou.

Volunteers will meet at 8 a.m. at Cochiara’s Marine, 4477 Jean Lafitte Boulevard in Lafitte on Jan. 10. They must be at least 18 years old and should wear layered clothing, long pants and long-sleeved shirts and closed-toe, hard sole sturdy shoes. Gloves, safety glasses, life vests, lunch and refreshments will be provided.

For more information or to volunteer, contact the Jefferson Parish Department of Environmental Affairs at (504) 731-4612.