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Christmas Tree Recycling Begins This Week

December 31, 2012

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. We have 3 ways for you to recycle your christmas trees this year.

Here is how:

  • The Sanitation Department will begin its annual Christmas tree curbside collection and recycling program this Wednesday, January 2nd, 2013. The program will run through Saturday, January 12th.  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 Christmas trees that are left on the curb between Wednesday, January 2nd and Saturday, January 12th 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.
    Location: Your curb!
  • Cobble Hill Tree Fund Holiday Tree Recycling:  In Cooperation with the Brooklyn Parks and Recreation Department, the Cobble Hill Tree Fund will be collecting your trees on Saturday, January 5 from 9:30 am- 1:30 pm. Mulch bags will be available for those wishing to take mulch for their gardens or tree bags. Wreaths and garlands cannot be accepted. Please remove lights and decorations. No artificial trees! Sponsored by: Cobble Hill Tree Fund , Cobble Hill Association, and Boy Scout Troops 213 & 815
    Location: Cobble Hill Park: Clinton and Verandah Place
  • Mulch Fest 2013: 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 . More than 24,000 trees were recycled last year.
  1. Bring your tree to one of the below chipping locations in Brooklyn on Saturday and Sunday, January 12 and 13, 2013 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.  They will chip your tree, and give you your very own bag of mulch!
  2. Or you can bring your tree to a one of the below drop-off sites in Brooklyn from Wednesday, January 9 through Sunday, January 13. Leave your tree with then, and they will recycle it for you later!
**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. Mulch is available at the sites marked with an asterisk (*) below.


Location Address Service
The Amazing Garden* Columbia Street at Carroll Street Drop-off only
Brower Park* Brooklyn Avenue at Prospect Place Chipping
Cobble Hill Park* Verandah Place & Clinton Street Chipping
Coffey Park* Dwight Street & Verona Street Drop-off only
Fort Greene Park* Washington Park & Willoughby Avenue Chipping
Green-Wood Cemetery 25th Street & 4th Avenue Drop-off only
Lincoln Terrace Park Buffalo Avenue between East New York Avenue & Eastern Parkway Drop-off only
Maria Hernandez Park Knickerbocker Avenue & Suydam Street Drop-off only
Marine Park* Avenue U & East 33rd Street Chipping
McCarren Park* Driggs Avenue & Lorimer Street Chipping
McGolrick Park Monitor Street & Driggs Avenue Drop-off only
Owl’s Head Park* Colonial Road & 68th Street Chipping
Prospect Heights Community Garden* 252-256 St. Marks Avenue Drop-off only
Prospect Park* Third Street at Prospect Park West Chipping
Prospect Park Circle* Parkside Avenue & Prospect Park Southwest Chipping
Sunset Park 44th Street & 6th Avenue Drop-off only