BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) – BREC officials are asking residents not to leave their Christmas trees in BREC parks. 

BREC says the park system used to collect tress for a coastal program, but the agreement is outdated.

“We understand that people are used to bringing their trees to our parks to help our state rebuild its coast,” said Director of Communications Cheryl Michelet. “We were more than happy to participate, but since the program ended, the huge response from the community puts a strain on our Park Operations teams”.

Michelet says there is no current partnership between the state or a local organization to collect and recycle the trees and asks that residents reach out to the local government for instructions on how to have the tree removed by a trash or recycling service.

Tips on how to dispose of your Christmas tree can be found here.