2012-12-28 / Community

Christmas Tree Curbside Collection

Sanitation Commissioner John J. Doherty announced that the Department will begin its annual Christmas tree curbside collection and recycling program on Wednesday, January 2, 2013. The program will run through Saturday, January 12. Residents should remove all tree stands, tinsel, lights, and ornaments from trees before they are put out at curbside for removal. Sanitation emphasized that trees should not be placed into plastic bags. Clean, nonbagged Christmas trees that are left on the curb between Wednesday, January 2 and Saturday, January 12 will be collected, chipped, and made into compost.

The compost will be processed and subsequently spread upon parks, ball fields, and community gardens throughout the city.

Typically, the Department collects more than 140,000 discarded Christmas trees every year for “treecycling.”

“Christmas Day has come and gone, but you can continue the spirit of giving by recycling your Christmas tree to nourish the plants and trees of New York City,” said Parks Commissioner Veronica M. White. “Starting January 9, you can also visit a chipping site and return home with a bag of fresh fragrant mulch for your own garden. I’m proud to work with NYC’s Strongest at the Sanitation Department to provide this great service that will reduce the impact on landfills and help to green our city.”

The Parks and Recreation Department will be hosting Mulchfest 2013 on Saturday, January 12 and Sunday, January 13 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at drop off sites throughout the city. To find citywide locations, visit the Parks & Recreation website at www.nyc.gov/parks.

More information is also available at the Mulchfest page on the City Park’s website.

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