Christmas trees can sometimes take a while to come down, but if you’re getting rid of it now, there are several options in the Hammond area to drop them off and make a difference.

Several locations in the area will be used as a drop off location for anyone wanting to discard their Christmas tree and this is all through Southeastern Turtle Cove Environmental Research Station.

The Christmas tree recycling program is in its 25th year and it’s estimated around 40,000 trees have been deployed in the Manchac wetlands.

Southeastern scientists at Turtle Cove use the discarded trees to help build up marshland in areas that have been impacted by erosion, create habitats for wildlife plus more.

Trees can be dropped off beginning Jan. 6 through Mardi Gras from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Hammond Maintenance facility, 18104 Hwy. 190, next to Piggly Wiggly Super Market.

The Southeastern Sustainability Center, 2101 North Oak Street, will collect trees beginning Jan. 6 through the end of the month from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Thursday and 8 to 10 a.m. on Friday.

Pennington’s Hardware and Screenprinting will accept trees during the same time period during normal business hours daily.

A Turtle Cove trailer drop off site will also be maintained at Middendorf’s Restaurant beginning Saturday, Jan 4.

No flocked trees will be accepted, and all trees should be stripped of any ornaments, lights, tinsel, stands, nails and screws, etc.