How to recycle your Christmas tree

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POSTED: Friday, December 24, 2010 - 1:10pm

UPDATED: Friday, December 24, 2010 - 3:47pm

BATON ROUGE, La (NBC33) -- The Christmas Tree Project for coastal restoration is axed this year. The popular program was cut out of the state budget because of less than impressive results. But that doesn't mean your tree has to end up in the trash.

Residents in Baton Rouge can have their tree picked up curb-side from January 6th through the 16th for recycling. There are also drop off areas all around town. Those trees will be turned into mulch and compost.

But if you still want your Christmas tree to take a dive, the Master Gardeners of Livingston Parish have a plan for you.

They will collect trees at the farmer's market on highway 190 in Denham Springs the morning of Saturday, January 8th. Those trees will be used to improve Livingston Parish waterways.

In Baker, Zachary and West Baton Rouge Parish, Allied Waster will pick up your tree for recycling on your regular bulk trash day - just leave it on the curb, not in the trash can.

All of the trees going to recycling have to be completely stripped of ornaments and tinsel. And remember to take off the tree stand - you can reuse that next year.

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

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