“Naked” Trees Only! + Mulchfest


Curbside collection of Christmas trees will begin on Wednesday, January 2, 2019, and continue through January 12, weather permitting, The New York City Department of Sanitation announced today.

Remove all ornaments and decorations, and leave your tree on the curb – last year Sanitation collected over 200,000 trees. They will be picked up separately, chipped, and recycled into compost for the city’s parks and community gardens.

Plastic and metal fake Christmas trees should be put out next to your recycling on regular recycling days.

“While Christmas trees are in our homes for only a short period of time, recycling can give them a longer life,” said Commissioner Garcia in a statement. “After collection, the trees are turned into compost to give life to plants in our city’s parks and community gardens. We thank all residents for taking part in the program.”

MulchFest 2016 at Fort Greene Park (Photo by Daniel Avila/NYC Parks)

NYC Parks’ Mulchfest this year has 22 drop-off sites in Brooklyn (see below), and you can drop your tree off between January 4 and 13, 2019.

On the final weekend of Mulchfest, January 12 and 13, at some chipping sites (indicated with an asterisk below) you can pick up mulch to take home. Please remember to remove all lights, ornaments, decorations and netting from trees.

Location Address Service
Amazing Garden Columbia Street and Carroll Street Drop-off only
Brooklyn Bridge Park* Brooklyn Bridge Plaza, right under the Brooklyn Bridge Chipping
Brower Park Brooklyn Avenue at Prospect Place Drop-off only
Cobble Hill Park* Clinton Street and Verandah Place Chipping
Coffey Park Dwight Street and Verona Street Drop-off only
East NY Farms 622 Schenk Ave. Drop-off only
Fort Greene Park* Washington Park and Myrtle Avenue Chipping
Green Space at President Street 222 Fifth Ave. Drop-off only
Herbert Von King Park Marcy Avenue and Lafayette Avenue Drop-off only
Linden Park Linden Boulevard and Vermont Street Drop-off only
Maria Hernandez Park* Suydam Street and Knickerbocker Avenue Chipping
Marine Park* East 33rd Street and Avenue U Chipping
McCarren Park* Lorimer Street and Driggs Avenue Chipping
McGolrick Park Monitor Street and Driggs Avenue Drop-off only
Owl’s Head Park* 68th Street and Colonial Road Chipping
Prospect Park* Third Street and Prospect Park West Chipping
Prospect Park* Park circle at Parkside Avenue Chipping
Prospect Park Lincoln Road and Ocean Avenue Drop-off only
Red Hook Park Lorraine Street and Henry Street Drop-off only
St. John’s Recreation Center Bergen Street between Troy Avenue and Schenectady Avenue Drop-off only
Sunset Park 44th Street and 6th Avenue Drop-off only
Transmitter Park 10 Kent St. Drop-off only
Washington Park Third Street and Fifth Avenue Drop-off only

“We encourage New Yorkers to bid their tree “fir-well” at Mulchfest, making it a part of their Holiday tradition,” said NYC Parks Commissioner Mitchell J. Silver. “By making greening a family activity, we all can help reduce waste, and protect and nourish other trees and plants across the city year-round.”

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