2019-01-09 / Features

Rules For Christmas Tree Curbside Pickup

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

Curbside collection of Christmas trees began on Wednesday, January 2 and will continue through Saturday, January 12, DSNY 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 from the tree, DSNY officials said. “In other words, strip it clean or it will be treated as regular garbage (now that would be sad,)” officials said.
  • Trees must be placed curbside within the 10-day collection period for DSNY collection

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. Artificial trees made primarily out of metal or rigged plastic will be recycled. Additionally, fake trees in good condition can be donated or sold through www.donateNYC.

The Department of Parks & Recreation will host a MulchFest on Sunday, January 13th at 68 drop-off sites in parks and gardens throughout the five boroughs, DSNY officials said. On the final weekend of MulchFest, January 13th and 14th, visitors will be able to take home mulch from 31 deiffere3nt chipping sites.

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



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