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Curbside Christmas tree pickup begins Monday, Jan. 6

EBR recycling program processes trees into compost or mulch


Curbside collection of Christmas trees for East Baton Rouge residents, except in Baker and Zachary, will begin Monday, January 6. The recycling program will then process the trees into compost or mulch.

Recycling Director Susan Hamilton said that Allied Waste will collect Christmas trees placed on the curb through January 18, 2014.

The trees will be collected in rear loaders or brush trucks on the resident’s trash collection day in a separate pass, Hamilton said. The Christmas trees will be delivered to Natural Resources Recovery, Inc., the city-parish woody-waste recycling contractor, who will process them into compost or mulch.

Christmas trees should be placed at the curb separate from other unbundled trash and woody waste. Residents should remove tinsel, metal stands, lights, and ornaments from trees before recycling them because those items can contaminate mulch and compost.

The following drop-off collection sites opened Thursday December 26, 2013, and will continue to accept trees through January 31, 2014:
• Independence Park, 7500 Independence Blvd.
• Highland Road Park, 14024 Highland Road
• Kathy Drive Park, off O’Neal Lane by Team Toyota
• Flannery Road Park, 801 S. Flannery Road
• Pecue Wood Recycling Facility, 9455 Pecue Lane
• LSU, Skip Bertman Drive in lot across from Vet School

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.

For more information, call the Recycling Office at (225) 389-5194, or visit the web site at www.brgov.com/recycle