"That would be like on coastal erosion, some trees go for that. Sometimes they actually grind them up and use them for compost."
He says local governments throughout the state have different tree recycling programs and you can get more information at deq-dot-louisiana-dot-gov. Langley says plenty of people got new gifts that require batteries which they always prefer to keep out of landfill.
"A lot of batteries have alkaline in them, or mercury, or things that are harmful to the environment. It's just safer to go ahead and use a rechargeable battery and then you don't have to throw it away."
He says you should remove lights, ornaments, tinsel, and other decorative items before recycling your tree. Although you may have accumulated a lot of trash through the holiday season, Langley says a lot of that can be reused.
"Sometimes they'll recycle boxes, cardboard boxes or paper boxes, and wrapping paper, too, sometimes can be recycled. Just make sure that they'll do that before you put it out."