Orleans Parish is a dedicated Christmas tree recycling parish. Last year, they diverted 8,000 trees from landfills.
The trees were airlifted by the National Guard and placed into the Bayou Sauvage National Wildlife Refuge to create new marshland habitat.
All Orleans Parish residents are encouraged to place Christmas trees at the location of your regular garbage collection before 5 a.m. on their second collection day between January 10th - 12th if they’re served by Richard’s Disposal or Metro Services Group.
French Quarter or DDD residents who are served by Empire Services need to have their trees on the curb before 4 a.m. on January 9th.
Additionally, parish officials ask that residents do not place the trees in the neutral ground, as this slows the collection process.
The New Orleans Department of Sanitation, Office of Resilience and Sustainability, Empire Services, Metro Services, Richards Disposal, and Leaaf Environmental are all working together to facilitate the collection, sorting, and bundling of trees, which will then be sent to or placed in coastal zones.
The tree recycling project is funded by the New Orleans Office of Resilience and Sustainability