Christmas tree recycling now in full swing in EBR

Starting Monday, residents of East Baton Rouge Parish can have their Christmas trees picked up at the curb for recycling into mulch.

This curbside pickup will run through Jan. 18 while the drop-off collection stations will continue to take trees through Jan. 31.

Trees should be as clean as possible with lights, metal stands and tinsel removed before they are set out on the curb. The curbsite pickup is available in all areas of the parish except in Baker and Zachary.

Trees should be placed separately from any trash piles to make sure they are recycled instead of ending up in the landfill, said Susan Hamilton, city-parish recycling director.

Sometimes people are concerned that trees are being taken to the dump because the trees are picked up in rear-loader or brush trucks.

However, Hamilton said, Allied Waste picks up the trees on the trash collection day in separate trucks and brings the trees to the Natural Resources Recovery Inc. recycling facility in north Baton Rouge. This recycling contractor then turns the trees into mulch that is sold in stores under the label “Nature’s Best Organics.”

Hamilton said in a normal year, between 150 to 200 tons of trees are picked up for recycling, keeping the trees out of the landfill.

Drop-off collection containers at the following locations will remain in place through Jan. 31:

  • Independence Park, 7500 Independence Blvd.
  • Highland Road Park, 14024 Highland Road.
  • Kathy Drive Park, enter off O’Neal Lane by Team Toyota.
  • Flannery Road Park, 801 S. Flannery.
  • Pecue Wood Recycling Facility, 9455 Pecue Lane.
  • LSU, Skip Bertman Drive in the lot across from the LSU School of Veterinary Medicine.

Sponsors of the Christmas tree recycling program are the East Baton Rouge Parish Recycling Office and Department of Public Works, Allied Waste, The Recycling Foundation, Natural Resources Recovery Inc., the East Baton Rouge Recreation and Park Commission and LSU.

More information is available by calling the recycling office at (225) 389-5194 or on the Web at www.brgov.com/recycle.