2005-12-30 / Community

Christmas Tree Collection And ‘Mulchfest’

The Sanitation Department has announced that they will begin its annual Christmas tree collection and recycling program on Wednesday, January 4, 2006. The program will run through Saturday, January 14.

Residents should remove all tree stands, tinsel, lights and ornaments from holiday trees before they are put out for removal. Trees must not be put into plastic bags.

Clean, non-bagged Christmas trees that are left at the curb will be collected, chipped and then mixed with leaves to make compost, which will be spread on parks, ball fields, and community gardens throughout the city.

In January 2005, the Department collected over 156,000 discarded Christmas trees.

In addition, the Parks and Recreation Department will be hosting its tenth annual Mulchfest on Saturday, January 7 and Sunday,

January 8 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. This service allows New Yorkers to drop off their holiday trees at designated parks for mulching. Participants will be able to take wood chips and/or mulch home.

To find citywide locations, visit the Parks and Recreation website at www.nycgoveparks.org.

For more information on DSNY Christmas tree collection, visit www. nyc.gov/sanitation.

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