2004-01-02 / Community

Recycle Your Christmas Trees, January 3, 10

Recycle Your Christmas Trees, January 3, 10

Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, Department of Parks & Recreation Commissioner Adrian Benepe, and Department of Sanitation Commissioner John Doherty today announced the dates for the City’s "MulchFest" program, which converts holiday trees into wood chips.

The Mayor encouraged New Yorkers to recycle their holiday trees by participating in the eighth annual MulchFest on Saturday, January 3 and Saturday, January 10 in designated parks throughout the five boroughs. This year, MulchFest has expanded the number of recycling sites from 40 to 69 and will have wood-chippers at 30 sites. At many of the tree drop-off locations, where chippers will be on hand, the public is encouraged to take home mulch for their own gardens and plants.

The Department of Sanitation will also be collecting trees from the curbside and transporting to recycling sites this year from Monday, January 5 through Saturday, January 10th.  Last year, Parks & Recreation recycled over 10,400 trees during MulchFest.

"On the next two Saturdays, New Yorkers will be able to start the New Year in an environmentally-friendly fashion, by taking their holiday trees and wreaths to designated parks to have them recycled." "This annual tradition provides a way for our holiday trees to bring new life to plants and trees throughout the City and divert them from the waste stream. New Yorkers will be able to take their trees to the nearest participating park, and leave with some woodchips and the knowledge that they helped make our city greener and more beautiful."

"All New Yorkers can chip in and help New York City this holiday season by recycling their trees," said Commissioner Benepe.  "MulchFest is a great tradition that allows the public to do something good for the environment. Winter is a wonderful time to spend in our parks, and MulchFest 2004 provides just one more reason to come out and stay for some fun."

Tree recycling creates woodchip mulch that moderates soil temperatures, helps retain moisture, prevents compaction and deters weed growth, while slowly adding nutrients to the soil. Wood chips may be used to line street tree pits and flowerbeds in parks. The chips insulate the soil around the base of the tree, reduce soil compaction, increase moisture, and prevent salt-shock. Wood chips may also be used in homes and gardens. Trees must be dropped off at designated MulchFest locations between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Saturday, January 3 and Saturday, January 10.  All lights, ornaments, and decorations must be removed from the trees prior to drop-off. Trees should not be placed in plastic bags.  New Yorkers are also encouraged to take neighbors’ trees to designated sites, to team up with others to collect and recycle as many trees as possible, and to bring along bags for wood chips available at specified sites, which make great liners for street tree pits and home or community gardens.

The local Mulchfest sites include:
Marine Park at Ave. U (in the parking lot at E. 32nd St.; Addabbo Playground at 132 St.) and North Conduit Ave; and Beach 94 St. and Shore Front Pkwy.

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