New Yorkers Can Begin Curbing Christmas Trees Ahead of 'MulchFest'

By Trevor Kapp on January 2, 2013 8:43am 

 MulchFest is an annual tree recycling event sponsored by the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation, the New York City Department of Sanitation and GreeNYC.
MulchFest is an annual tree recycling event sponsored by the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation, the New York City Department of Sanitation and GreeNYC.
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New York City Department of Parks & Recreation

NEW YORK CITY — You can start curbing your Christmas trees, New Yorkers.

Beginning Wednesday, New Yorkers can start leaving their Christmas trees on the curb to be recycled.

Through Jan. 19, the city Parks Department will collect Christmas trees left on the street and recycle them into wood chips to help nourish plants, trees and parks.

The department asks that the trees be stripped of all ornaments, tinsel and other non-recyclable materials be removed from the trees before being dropped off.

More than 24,000 trees were recycled last year, officials said.

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

The recycling effort comes ahead of the city's MulchFest 2013, in which New Yorkers can leave their leftover trees at drop-off sites from January 9-13 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The trees are recycled into wood chips, which are used to nourish plants, trees and parks.

Those looking to keep the mulch can watch their tree be turned into chips and take a bag home.

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