Get Rid of Your Unwanted Christmas Tree at Citywide 'MulchFest'

By Nina Mandell on December 27, 2012 1:15pm 

 New Yorkers drag their trees to be turned to mulch during MulchFest 2011.
New Yorkers drag their trees to be turned to mulch during MulchFest 2011.
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New York City Department of Parks & Recreation

NEW YORK CITY — With Christmas season coming to a close, the city Parks Department wants to send your tree to the chipper for a good cause.

New Yorkers can bring their leftover Christmas trees to the annual MulchFest drop-off sites from January 9-13 at various locations around New York Cit,y or leave them on the curb for recycling from January 2-19. The trees are recycled into woods chips that are used to nourish plants, trees and parks.

Those looking keep the mulch can bring their trees to various chipping sites on January 12 and 13 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., where they can watch their tree be turned into chips and take a bag home.

The Parks Department advises that tree-toting recyclers remove all ornaments, tinsel and other non-recyclable materials from their trees before bringing them in or putting them out for recycling.

Officials said last year that more than 24,000 trees were recycled, up 7,000 trees from the year before.

A list of available chipping and drop-off sites is available here.

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