Kenner residents should put Christmas trees out Wednesday night for recycling _lowres

Photo provided by the Jefferson Parish Department of Environmental Affairs -- Recycled Christmas trees are nestled in wooden cribs in the shallow water of a marsh, where they absorb wave action and protect fragile marshland from erosion.

Kenner residents who want their Christmas trees to be recycled should put them out Wednesday night, officials said.

Trees put out for recycling should not be flocked or painted, and all lights, decorations and stands should be removed. Jefferson Parish crews will be collecting trees in Kenner between Thursday and Saturday.

The trees will either be used to rebuild shoreline fences in the marshes near Jean Lafitte or else chipped and then used for composting. This is the 26th year the parish has recycled Christmas trees for such purposes.

The parish also is seeking volunteers — especially ones with shallow-draft boats — to help move the trees from a staging area in Lafitte to the fences in Goose Bayou.

Volunteers must be 18 and wear long pants, long-sleeved shirts and sturdy, closed-toe shoes. Safety glasses, life vests, lunch and refreshments will be provided.

Those interested in volunteering may call the Jefferson Parish Department of Environmental Affairs at (504) 731-4612.