EBR to kick off annual Christmas Tree Recycling Program on December 26

EBR to kick off annual Christmas Tree Recycling Program on December 26

POSTED: Tuesday, December 25, 2012 - 5:00pm

UPDATED: Tuesday, December 25, 2012 - 5:04pm

The 2012-2013 Christmas tree recycling program will offer curbside collection of trees this year for East Baton Rouge residents, except in Baker and Zachary. Several drop-off locations will also be available.

Recycling Director Susan Hamilton said that Allied Waste will collect Christmas trees placed on the curb between January 7, 2013 and January 20, 2013.

“The trees will be collected in rear loaders or brush trucks on the resident’s trash collection day in a separate pass, stated Hamilton. “The Christmas trees are then delivered to Natural Resources Recovery, Inc., the city-parish woody-waste recycling contractor, where they are processed into compost or mulch,” Hamilton continued.

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 will open Wednesday, December 26, 2012, and continue to accept trees through Monday, January 28, 2013.
• 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.

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