2008-01-04 / Community

Parks Launches Holiday Tree Recycling Program

The City of New York Department of Parks and Recreation is providing Rockaway with ways to recycle their unwanted holiday trees. Parks Department is kicking off their "Mulch- Fest" campaign this weekend and offering several places to donate your used tree.

Rockaway residents can drop off their trees at Shore Front Parkway and Beach 94 Street anytime this weekend, Saturday and Sunday, January 5 and 6, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. All trees will be grinded and turned into mulch. The mulch however will not be available in Rockaway because the Parks Department has designated the Beach 94 Street site strictly as a drop-off location.

Other locations throughout the city participating in "MulchFest 2008" are Van Cortland Park, Prospect Park, Rockefeller Center, Astoria Park, and The Greenbelt Recreation Center. At these sites the chippers will turn dead trees into woodchips. Participants in this event will be able to take the woodchips from these designated sites. The woodchips will be used to nourish plants in street tree pits and flower- beds in parks. The Parks Department also encourages people to use the mulch in their own gardens if desired.

For those who weren't able to participate in MulchFest, there is an alternative way to have the trees recycled. The Department of Sanitation will collect holiday trees for composting. Trees will be picked up from Thursday, January 3 through Wednesday, January 16, 2008. The Sanitation Department strongly stresses that only the trees are discarded; therefore make sure all of the ornaments and any other decorative debris is removed.

Those who are interested in participating in this event can also check out the website at www.nyc.gov/parks or call 311 for find out more information.

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