Sanitation Begins Christmas Tree Recycling on Jan. 3rd
Sanitation Commissioner John J. Doherty announced that the Department will begin its annual Christmas tree curbside collection and recycling program on Thursday, January 3, 2008. The program will run through Wednesday, January 16th.
Residents should remove all tree stands, tinsel, lights, and ornaments from holiday trees before they are put out at curbside for removal. Trees must not be placed into plastic bags. Clean, non-bagged Christmas trees that are left at the curb between Thursday, January 3rd and Wednesday, January 16th will be collected, chipped, and then mixed with leaves to make compost. The compost will be processed and subsequently spread upon parks, ball fields, and community gardens throughout the city.
In January 2007, the Department collected over 166,000 discarded Christmas trees.
"The Department is very pleased to offer this special recycling service. Providing collection and recycling options for residents is environmentally valuable and benefits our neighborhoods. Working in conjunction with the City's Parks and Recreation Department allows residents to take part in the recycling process and permits them to even reuse their composted Christmas trees to fertilize for the spring. Compost is a natural fertilizer and is an excellent soil enrichment that promotes the healthy growth of plants and grass," said Commissioner Doherty.