X-Mas Tree Mulchfest Kicks Off On Jan. 7 In Marine Park

Mayor Bloomberg and Comissioner Benepe feeing a tree into a chipper

Tired of kicking around the Christmas tree, and sweeping up all the dead needles on your floor? Well, the city will soon kick off its annual mulching event to take that timber off your hands.

You can take part in the MulchFest on January 7 and 8. MulchFest recycles Christmas trees by turning them into wood chips. The same wood chips will be used to nourish trees and plants on streets and gardens citywide. Or, if you want, you can take home your very own bag of mulch to use in your backyard or to make a winter bed for a street tree. Last year, approximately 17,000 Christmas trees were recycled.

Marine Park has a chipping site at Avenue U and East 33rd Street. It will be open from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. There are also several drop-off locations, where you can leave your tree anytime until January 8. For a list of locations, look here.

Of course, you can also place your trees curbside until January 14.

Please remember to remove all ornaments, lighting, stands, tinsel and other decorations before bringing your tree to a site or leaving it at the curb.

For any further information regarding locations of chipping or drop off sites, click here.