Tree-cycling – Christmas is over, and the annual curbside collection and recycling for Christmas trees starts tomorrow, Mon., Dec.30, 2013. Special tree collections continue through Wed., Jan. 15, 2014, for the discarded holiday trees, to be turned into mulch or compost for city parks, ball fields and community gardens.
Give your Christmas tree a new lease on life as a grounds-keeper by removing tree stands, tinsel, lights, and ornaments before putting them out at curbside for collection. Clean, non-bagged Christmas trees left on the curb between Dec. 30 and Jan. 15 are collected by the Dept. of Sanitation.
In Christmases past, the DSNY has typically collected about 140,000 Christmas trees for “tree-cycling.”
The NYC Dept. of Parks & Recreation hosts Mulchfest 2014 the weekend of Sat./Sun., Jan. 11/12, 2014 from 10 A.M. to 2 P.M. at sites throughout the city. Find a location near you on the Parks & Recreation website at www.nyc.gov/parks. Again, all lights, ornaments and other decorations must be removed before mulching. Whether you bring a tree or not, visitors to Mulchfest 2014 can pick up free mulch.