Soon it will be time to take down those beautiful trees that have given you such happiness this holiday.  But, those trees can continue to pass on joy in a new, recycled form either as compost or mulch. Check out all the local options for tree recycling this year.

  • The Sanitation Department will begin its annual Christmas tree curbside collection and recycling program this Tuesday, January 3rd, 2017 and run through Saturday, January 14th.  Residents should remove all tree stands, tinsel, lights, and ornaments from trees before they are put out at curbside for removal. Trees must not be placed into plastic bags. Clean, non-bagged trees are chipped, mixed with leaves, and recycled into rich compost for NYC’s parks, institutions, and community gardens.
  • Mulch Fest 2017: Bring your holiday tree to a designated city park to be recycled into mulch that will nourish plantings across the city! Join the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation, the New York City Department of Sanitation, and GreeNYC to recycle your Christmas trees into wood chips. These wood chips are used to nourish trees and plants on streets and gardens citywide. Or, take home your very own bag of mulch to use in your backyard or to make a winter bed for a street tree! Mulchfest 2017 runs Saturday, January 7 and Sunday, January 8 at locations all over the city. Chipping locations are listed here. 
    • NOTE: Please remember to remove all lights and ornaments before bringing the tree to a MulchFest site. Biodegradable bags will be provided if you wish to take some free mulch home. 
  • Christmas Tree Brooklyn Tree RemovalWould you like someone to come to your house, remove your tree and clean up the mess? Christmas Tree Brooklyn, founded in 2012 and run by brother-sister team Dan and Morgan Sevigny, will remove Christmas trees of any size from any apartment in New York City. Whether you live in Manhattan or Brooklyn, we will get that tree out of your home and will clean up any mess it leaves behind as we take it out. All trees removed will be brought to Mulchfest for chipping and mulching. Furthermore, there’s a philanthropic bent to their services! Christmas Tree Brooklyn will accept donations of goods (clothing, toys, canned food, gifts) to deliver to Covenant House to help homeless teens who receive assistance there.

Mollie Michel made Brooklyn her home for 17 years before decamping to Philadelphia in 2014. She is Editor-in-Chief of A Child Grows USA, a South Philly resident and a Philadelphia public school parent. A recovering non-profit professional, Mollie is also an experienced birth doula, Certified Lactation Counselor, and the mom of two awesome girls and a sweet pit bull named Princess Cleopatra. In her spare time, she is usually trying to figure out how Pinterest works, training for a(nother) half-marathon with her dog at her side, or simply trying to keep up with her increasingly wily daughters.