The Local Government Association estimated in 2016 that every 40 trees going to landfill cost the taxpayer £100.
Floodwaters damaged the Christmas tree barrier this year.
In Jefferson Parish, curbside tree recycling will take place in unincorporated areas on January 10.
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Before composting of a tree, there are a few steps you should follow to be correctly thrown out. Both can be easily recycled and put to use again in the future. Christmas trees must have all ornaments, lights and garland removed before placing them curbside.
In Pittston, for example, residents can put Christmas trees on their curbs from January 8 through January 19 to be composted. “You book in, the volunteers will collect and recycle your old tree and collect your donation to the Hospice – no mess and no worries!”
After undressing the tree, don’t throw the tree in the trash or burn it, chop it up -with safety precautions of course.
Sustainability Coordinator Beth-Anne Ferley says, “What we do with the Christmas trees, same thing we do with the yard waste is we make compost from it”.
You may leave your tree beside your bins, or you can cut your tree and put it inside your green bin.
More information on the program can be found. Special events such as the Christmas tree drop-off will help with that goal, she said. Small trees, like Christmas trees, are ideal for them.
People wanting to dispose of their real Christmas tree once the festive season is over have a variety of options, including taking it to the recycling centre, putting it in garden waste, or having it collected for charity.