Discarded Christmas trees to help restore wetlands
NEW ORLEANS- Discarded Christmas trees will be collected this week in New Orleans and recycled for wetlands restoration.
Residents and small businesses can leave natural trees - stripped of all ornaments, tinsel, lights and stands - curbside either Thursday, Friday or Saturday.
The city will not collect artificial trees, flocked trees or those placed in plastic bags or on the neutral ground.
The trees will be collected, sorted and bundled by the Department of Sanitation, Materials Management Group and the city's Office of Coastal and Environmental Affairs.
The latter agency will cover the project's $15,000 cost.
More than 12,000 trees were collected in Orleans Parish last year and placed into Bayou Sauvage National Wildlife Refuge as part of a program to create marsh habitat.