EBR to kick off annual Christmas Tree Recycling Program

EBR to kick off annual Christmas Tree Recycling Program

POSTED: Wednesday, December 21, 2011 - 4:18pm

UPDATED: Wednesday, December 21, 2011 - 4:18pm

The 2011-12 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 Jan. 9 and Jan. 22.

“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 Monday, December 26, and continue to accept trees through Monday, January 30.

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
Scenic Hwy. Wood Recycling Facility, 12601 Scenic Hwy.
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.

For more information, call the Recycling Office at (225) 389-5194 for more information, or visit its web site at www.brgov.com/recycle.

RECYCLING GUIDELINES FOR CHRISTMAS

All clean, folded flattened cardboard boxes accepted in the curbside recycling cart. Place inside or next to recycling cart. Wrapping paper may be placed inside the recycling cart.

No tissue paper accepted.

Residents who would like a recycling cart should call (225) 925-3442.

The recycling drop off for apartment tenants and small businesses will be held on Saturday January 21 at the Louisiana Department of Insurance, 6945 Florida Boulevard, from 8:00 a.m. until noon. Christmas wrapping paper and clean folded cardboard will be accepted. No Christmas trees are accepted at this drop off.

TIPS FOR A GREENER CHRISTMAS*

Buy reusable, rechargeable batteries: Over 40% of battery sales are made during the holidays. Using & reusing rechargeable batteries will reduce your trips to the store to buy batteries and reduce the energy that goes into mining the metals, manufacturing the batteries and shipping.

Buy local and avoid over-packaging: As you are making holiday purchases, consider buying locally produced items (reducing the energy used for transportation and supporting the local economy) or gifts of services. Also, if an item includes excessive packaging, or the product cannot be easily recycled at the end of its life you might want to consider giving a different gift.

Recycle your gift wrap: When using gift-wrap, buy recycled papers, which use 60% less energy to produce than virgin paper (and generates 95% less air pollution) according to Earth911.com And recycle and/or reuse the paper, gift bags and ribbons on the gifts that you receive.

Use LED Christmas lights: LED Christmas lights are now widely available and reduce energy consumption by 80-90 percent.

Lights out at 10 p.m.: Be sure to turn your indoor or outdoor decorative lights off overnight 6 – 10 p.m. are the prime visibility hours.

Set the thermostat lower during your holiday gatherings: With extra warm bodies, you can set the thermostat lower and stay just as cozy.

Cook efficiently: Resist the temptation to open the oven door and peek at your baked goods, which can reduce the oven temperature by up to 25 degrees. Consider baking several items at one time, and use the right size pan for your stovetop burner, which will also reduce energy waste by as much as 40 percent.

*Tips for a greener Christmas taken from Kilowatt Ours Community (http://www.kilowattourscommunity.org)

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