2006-01-20 / Front Page

‘Mulchfest’ Recylces Lots Of Trees

The Department of Sanitation collected 156,904 discarded Christmas trees from curbside across the city, Sanitation Commissioner John J. Doherty announced recently. Most of the trees were turned into mulch, which will be spread around parks, community gardens and ball fields citywide.

“Once again, Sanitation and the Parks and Recreation Department came together to help our environment by recycling discarded Christmas trees,” said Doherty.

The 10th annual Mulchfest, held on January 7 and January 8, recycled 8,853 Christmas trees, with 39 designated parks across the city where residents dropped off their trees to be chipped and/or mulched. New Yorkers were allowed to take home their choice of chips or mulch, free of charge.

Parks and Recreation Commissioner Adrian Benepe said, “More than ever before, New Yorkers are taking part in the City’s recycling efforts and realizing the benefits of reinvesting their Christmas trees back into the natural environment.”

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