Friday, December 29, 2017


Curbside Collection
Tuesday, January 2nd, through
Saturday, January 13th

Discarded Christmas trees will be picked up for composting during the Department of Sanitation's annual Christmas tree curbside collection program. Weather permitting, collection will begin on Tuesday, January 2nd, and end on Saturday, January 13th.

Trees put out at the curb before January 2nd or after January 13th will be collected as garbage; they won't be composted.

Before putting a tree at the curb, remove the tree stand and the netting, tinsel, lights, and other ornaments and decorations that are on the tree. Don't put the tree in a plastic bag.

Clean, non-bagged trees will be ground into wood chips, mixed with leaves, and recycled into compost that will be used in city parks, institutions, and community gardens.

Trees that still have decorations on them will be collected as garbage.

Put out artificial trees that are mostly made of either metal or rigid plastic on regular recycling days, after removing ornaments from them. If they aren't mostly metal or rigid plastic, put them with your regular garbage.

Saturday, January 6th, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Sunday, January 7th, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

At its annual Christmas tree recycling event, the Department of Parks and Recreation will accept trees and recycle them into wood chips to nourish trees and plants on city streets and in community gardens.

Bring your tree to any of the chipping locations throughout the five boroughs on January 6th or 7th between 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. Remove the tree stand, netting, tinsel, lights, and every other ornament or decoration before you bring the tree to Mulchfest.

Brooklyn's chipping locations include one at Prospect Park (Third Street at Prospect Park West) and one at Park Circle at Parkside Avenue.

All of the chipping locations are listed on the Parks Department's website. Scroll down the page and choose a borough.

The Parks Department will give you a free bag of mulch, if you want one, to use on your own trees or on street trees. The department will provide the bags.

Sunday, December 31st, through Sunday, January 7th

During Mulchfest, not all of the Parks Department's locations have chipping equipment on-site; those locations are for tree drop-off only. Sometime after you drop off your tree, it will be recycled.

Drop-off sites will accept Christmas trees during the two days of Mulchfest (January 6th and 7th) as well as every other day from Sunday, December 31st, through Sunday, January 7th.

Before you bring your tree to a drop-off site, remove the tree stand, netting, tinsel, lights, and other ornaments and decorations.