2009-12-31 / Top Stories

City Begins Christmas Tree Recycling On Monday

Recycling trees is simple and good for the environment. Recycling trees is simple and good for the environment. Commissioner John J. Doherty announced this week that the Sanitation Department will begin its annual Christmas tree curbside collection and recycling program next Monday, January 4, and will run through January 15th.

Residents are required to remove all tree stands, tinsel, lights, and ornaments from holiday trees before they are put out for removal. Trees must not be placed into plastic bags Clean, non-bagged Christmas trees that are left at the curb between January 4th and January 15th 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.

“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 the composted 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 the commissioner.

The Parks & Recreation Department will host Mulchfest 2010 on Saturday, January 9th and Sunday, January 10th from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at more than 80 sites throughout the city. To find citywide locations, visit the agency’s web site at www.nyc.gov/parks. The service allows New Yorkers to drop off their holiday trees at designated parks for mulching and event attendees can pick up free mulch. All lights, ornaments, and decorations must be removed from the trees prior to dropoff.

For more information on Christmas tree collection and recycling and/or Mulchfest 2010, visit www.nyc.gov/sanitation or www.nyc.gov/parks or call 311.

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