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Curbside garbage and recycling, and Christmas tree recycling services

NEWS DESKS:

The Department of Environmental Services has released details on curbside garbage, recycling and Christmas tree recycling services:

•Curbside garbage and recycling services postponed yesterday (Christmas Day) will resume on residents’ next scheduled collection day.

•While the North Landfill was closed for Christmas Day, landfill hours will be extended until 7 p.m. on Dec. 28 to accommodate the holiday closure.

•Garbage and recycling services will remain active on New Year’s Day, and the North Landfill will also remain open on New Year’s Day.

For a list of recyclable items, go to brgov.com/recycle. For example, all sizes of clean, folded flattened cardboard boxes are accepted inside or next to the curbside recycling cart and wrapping paper may be placed inside the recycling cart. No tissue paper or foil paper will be accepted for recycling.

Additionally, this year’s Christmas tree curbside recycling program will begin Jan. 8 with service scheduled to run through Jan. 21. The Christmas tree curbside recycling program is available for all East Baton Rouge Parish residents, with the exception of residents inside Baker and Zachary city limits as these cities operate under separate recycling collection service agreements.

In order to be collected, trees must be placed curbside a minimum of three feet from other garbage and unbundled trash, with tinsel, stands, lights, and ornaments removed from trees as these items can contaminate the City-Parish’s ability to recycle the tree. Residents should avoid placing trees curbside with any flocking, decorations, stands, or in plastic bags; while these will still be picked up as trash, they will not be recycled. City-Parish officials are advising residents to leave trees curbside throughout this two-week timeframe as trees may be picked up on days that differ from a resident’s normal collection schedule.

Several drop-off locations are also available beginning today through Jan. 26, 2018, where residents can drop their Christmas trees for recycling:
•Independence Park, parking lot off Lobdell between tennis courts and Liberty Lagoon

•Highland Road Park, 14024 Highland Road

•Memorial Stadium, grassy lot near the corner of Scenic and Foss

•Flannery Road Park, 801 S. Flannery Road

•LSU, Skip Bertman Drive in lot across from Vet School

All trees that are clean and clear of any contaminating items will be taken to the landfill where they will be chipped and beneficially reused as alternative daily landfill cover. For more information, visit brgov.com/recycle.

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