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Turn Your Christmas Tree into Mulch at City’s Annual Mulchfest

(NYC Parks / D. Avila)

Jan. 5, 2030 By Kristen Torres

The city’s annual MulchFest is back for another year, giving residents a chance to get rid of their Christmas trees in an eco-friendly way.

Residents can bring their Christmas trees to city parks and gardens to be turned into mulch during the annual MulchFest. This year’s event will take place from Dec. 26 to Jan. 11, with drop-off locations throughout all five boroughs.

New Yorkers can drop off their trees at any of the locations to later be chipped and turned to mulch. The mulch created by the trees will be used by the city in public parks and gardens.

Residents can also visit a chipping site on Saturday, Jan. 4 and Saturday, Jan. 11 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. to watch their trees be chipped and take home a free bag of mulch. 

Trees must have all lights, ornaments and netting removed before they are brought to a MulchFest site.

City officials will also be conducting curbside collections for mulching and recycling of Christmas trees from Jan. 6 to Jan. 17.

MulchFest, which is run by the Department of Sanitation, recycled more than 28,000 trees last year.

MulchFest locations in Greenpoint, Williamsburg and Bushwick are listed below.

Maria Hernandez Park located at Suydam Street and Knickerbocker Avenue

McCarren Park located at Lorimer Street and Driggs Avenue

McGolrick Park located at Monitor Street and Driggs Avenue*

*Drop-off location only 

Additional locations can be found here.

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