Christmas trees may be recycled

When those branches are no longer lovely, natural Christmas trees stripped of all lights and decorations may be placed curbside for collection and recycling.

The trees will be collected on regularly scheduled yard waste collection days and will be processed into mulch at the city-parish compost facility, Mark Pope, city-parish environmental quality manager, said in an email.

Residents in apartments may drop off their trees at the compost facility at 400 Dugas Road through January. Pope said there is a fee of $6 per cubic yard for retail stores dropping off unused trees.

The compost facility is closed Tuesday, but will open at 7 a.m. Wednesday.

The garbage collection schedule also will be altered for the holidays, with regular Tuesday through Friday customers receiving collection for garbage and recycling the day after their regularly scheduled pick-up, Pope said.

Garbage that won’t fit into the collection bins may be bagged and placed 3 feet from bins, Pope said. Large boxes used for gifts also may be placed 3 feet from bins. Pope said the boxes should contain only the packing materials that originally came with the box and should not be used to hold trash.