SATURDAY & SUNDAY: NYC MulchFest 2014 — Tree Recycling & Free Mulch

Thursday, January 9th, 2014

Photo: NYC Parks

Nothing says “early January” like a bunch of dead Christmas tree piled up on the sidewalk (or a temporary increase in people at the gym, swearing this year is going to be different).

If you’re still clinging to your tree and trying to figure out what to do with it, take note that MulchFest 2014 — NYC’s annual Christmas tree recycling program, now in its 18th year — runs though this Sunday (1/12).

There are several locations on the Upper West Side where you can drop off your tree and have it run through a wood-chipper. It’s environmentally friendly, with the added bonus of being a free weekend entertainment option if you have kids… they dig chippers.


Details are available from NYC Parks:

Bring your holiday tree to a designated city park to be recycled into mulch that will nourish plantings across the city!

Join the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation, the New York City Department of Sanitation , and GreeNYC  to recycle your Christmas trees into wood chips. These wood chips are used to nourish trees and plants on streets and gardens citywide. Or, take home your very own bag of mulch to use in your backyard or to make a winter bed for a street tree . More than 26,000 trees were recycled last year. Help us top this number!

Here’s a list of Upper West Side “chipping” sites — they’ll be open on Saturday (1/11) and Sunday (1/12) from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm. Biodegradable bags will be provided if you’d like to take home some free mulch:

  • Central Park (West 63rd & CPW)
  • Central Park (West 81st Street & CPW, inside the bridle path)
  • Riverside Park (West 83rd & Riverside Drive)

You can find the full list of 80 NYC locations at the bottom of the MulchFest page.



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