Now that Christmas has come and gone, many New Yorkers will begin discarding their holiday trees. If you’re wondering how to dispose of your tree, we know just the place to drop it off — in fact, we know of 70 places! The New York Department of Parks and Recreation, along with the New York Department of Sanitation and GreeNYC, will be hosting its annual Mulchfest in parks all over the city from Jan 12-13, inviting New Yorkers to recycle their old trees into wood chips to donate to city parks or to keep for their own gardens. Last year, over 24,000 trees were recycled throughout the city, and the team is looking forward to beating that record this year.

On January 12th and 13th, Mulchfest will host 35 chipping sites and 35 additional drop off points throughout the five boroughs. Drop off your tree or pick up a free bag of mulch for your garden! You can even have your tree picked up curbside as early as January 2nd. Just remember to remove all your lights and beloved ornaments before sending your tree to the chipper.

You can also register to volunteer at Mulchfest 2013 here.

Happy Chipping!

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