BATON ROUGE, La (BRPROUD) ––– If you have not tossed your tree yet, you may want to take advantage of free pick-up and drop-off locations because the longer your tree sits in your house, the more it becomes a fire hazard.

Lorraine Carli with the National Fire Protection Association says, “as much as we all enjoy the look and feel of Christmas trees in our homes, they’re large combustible items that have the potential to result in serious fires.”

One option to get rid of your tree is curbside pick-up. All you have to do is leave your tree out with your regular garbage pick-up, and Allied Waste will collect and process Christmas trees to turn them into compost or mulch until January 22.

If you would rather drop off your tree, there are several locations available throughout East Baton Rouge until January 31:

  • Independence Park – 7500 Independence Avenue, B.R.
  • Highland Road Park – 14024 Highland Rd, B.R.
  • Memorial Stadium: Grassy lot near the corner of Scenic and Foss
  • Flannery Road Park – 801 S. Flannery, B.R.
  • Pecue Wood Recycling Facility – 9544 Pecue Lane, B.R.
  • LSU – Skip Bertman Drive (lot across from Vet School)

Whichever option you choose, be sure to remove all decorations and the stand.