We opt for a real tree every year and make a family date night out of it, letting the kids get in on the fun of helping pick it out. In years past, we have bought trees from local retailers who name the tree after famous movie characters (R2D2 had to be ours that year) or supported other local businesses who give proceeds from tree sales to local charities. No matter where we get our tree from, I’ve always been left trying to figure out how to discard it come January. I know many of you up-cycle your trees for the Mardi Gras season, but if you’re looking for where to put your real tree after Christmas here’s everything you need to know!
Lafayette Parish, Acadia Parish, St. Landry Parish, Iberia Parish, and Vermillion Parish residents can utilize their city’s services to recycle Christmas trees.
The only trees that can be recycled through parish services are natural trees completely stripped of all lights, decor, tinsel, and garland. Call your specific location to see if they accept flocked trees.
Lafayette Parish residents looking to discard any “green waste” such as Christmas trees, tree branches (think seasonal garland as well), grass, and shrub trimmings can bring their waste to Dean Domingues Compost Facility. The Dean Domingues Compost Facility, located at 400 Dugas Road in north Lafayette Parish, is the composting site and service for all Lafayette Parish residents.
For all Parishes, you can place your tree at the designated spot on your property for debris pick up on your regularly scheduled day, sans holidays. Lafayette Parish residents can utilize the Dean Domingues Compost Facility should you wish to discard your Christmas tree on any other day besides your regularly scheduled debris removal day.
Many trees can be repurposed into mulch for other purposes. Many parishes use the trees in their local composting, and some donate to other city works projects. Many coastal parishes use the trees for coastal restoration, if you live in a coastal community, you can find more info on recycling your tree here.
The beauty of a natural Christmas tree can last beyond the holiday season when you make the effort to properly recycle.