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Follow These Rules For Christmas Tree Curbside Pickup

By Liz Goff
If your Christmas tree is beginning to resemble Charlie Brown’s, it’s time to unwind the tinsel and place the tree curbside for recycling by the city Department of Sanitation (DOS).

Curbside collection of Christmas trees began on Monday, January 4 and will continue through Friday, January 15, DOS officials said.

You must follow the following rules for curbside pickup:

  • Do not wrap or place trees in plastic or plastic bags
  • Remove the tree from the tree stand
  • Remove all tinsel, ornaments and lights
  • Trees must be placed curbside within the 12-day collection period

All trees collected by DOS will be chipped and processed into mulch, which will be spread in city parks, community gardens and ball fields, officials said.

Queens residents are also invited to bring their Christmas trees to the following sites, so they can be chipped and distributed as mulch:

  • Astoria Park, 19th Street and Hoyt Avenue
  • Cunningham Park, Visitor Parking Lot at 196th Street
  • Forest Park, Bandshell, Forest Park Drive – West of Woodhaven Boulevard
  • Juniper Valley Park, 80th Street between Juniper Boulevard North and South
  • Kissena Park Velodrome at Booth Memorial Avenue and Parsons  Boulevard (Sunday only)
  • Queens Plaza South at 10th Street
  • Travers Park, 78th Street at 34th Avenue

Residents are advised to call 311 or click on the website listed below to check for changes in the mulching sites.

For more information on tree recycling and mulching visit www.nyc.gov/sanitation or www.nyc.gov/parks.


                                                                                          –Liz Goff

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