Christmas tree recycling begins Jan. 3

December 28, 2011 4:52:52 AM PST
The Sanitation Department will begin its annual Christmas tree curbside collection and recycling program on Tuesday, January 3.

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 at curbside for removal.

Trees must not be placed into plastic bags.

Clean, non-bagged Christmas trees that are left at the curb between Tuesday, January 3rd and Saturday, January 14th 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 over 140,000 discarded Christmas trees every year.

"The Department is very pleased to offer this special recycling service. Providing collection and recycling options for residents is environmentally valuable and benefits our neighborhoods. Working in conjunction with the City's Parks & Recreation Department allows residents to take part in the recycling process and permits them to even reuse their composted Christmas trees to fertilize for the spring. Compost is a natural fertilizer and is an excellent soil enrichment that promotes the healthy growth of plants and grass," said Commissioner Doherty.

The Parks & Recreation Department will be hosting Mulchfest 2012 on Saturday, January 7th and Sunday, January 8th from 10 A.M. to 2 P.M. at over 70 sites throughout the city. To find citywide locations, visit the Parks & Recreation website at

The citywide service allows New Yorkers to drop off their holiday trees at designated parks for mulching and event attendees can pick up free mulch.

For more information on Christmas tree collection and recycling and/or Mulchfest 2012, visit or or call 311.

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