For 24 years, Southeastern Louisiana University’s Turtle Cove has helped Tangipahoa parish, and its residents recycle Christmas Trees to help protect our coast. With assistance from local businesses and government partners, the program has collected more than 36,000 trees which have been diverted from landfills to various projects around the Manchac area.


There are several drop off locations throughout the parish including the Sustainability Center on the Southeastern Louisiana University Campus, Middendorf’s Restaurant, and the Home Depot and Lowe’s Hammond locations. Trees can be dropped off starting in the first week of January.​


After dropping off your tree, the City of Hammond helps deliver the trees to Turtle Cove’s boatshed for deployment. There they engage students and community groups who volunteer to help deploy the trees.


Benefits of this Christmas Tree Program include erosion control in marsh areas along canals and lakes; creation of habitat for wetland critters; keeping trees out of landfills and providing hands-on education for folks who want to get out and do something good for the environment. 


To learn more about the program and Turtle Cove visit


Drop Off Sites

CITY OF HAMMOND/CITY OF PONCHATOULA: Trees can be dropped off beginning Jan. 3 through Mardi Gras from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Hammond Maintenance facility, 18104 Hwy. 190, next to Piggly Wiggly Super Market.

SOUTHEASTERN LOUISIANA UNIVERSITY: The Southeastern Sustainability Center, 2101 North Oak Street, will collect trees beginning Jan. 3 through the end of the month from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 8 to 10 a.m. on Friday;

Pennington’s Hardware and Screenprinting, 407 Highway 22, will accept trees beginning January 3rd from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily.

MIDDENDORF’S RESTAURANT: a Turtle Cove trailer drop off site will also be maintained at Middendorf’s Restaurant beginning Jan 4.

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