Saturday and Sunday, January 6 and 7, 2018
10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., Juniper Valley Park at 80th Street
Bring your holiday tree to a designated city park to be recycled into mulch that will nourish plantings across the city!
Join NYC Parks, 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!
How to 'Chip In'
This year, MulchFest will take place on January 6 and 7, 2018. It's easier than ever to chip in! There are two ways you can help.
You can bring your tree to a chipping location on January 6 and 7 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. We'll chip your tree, and give you your very own bag of mulch!
Drop Off Locations
Or you can bring your tree to a drop-off site from Sunday, December 31, 2017 through Sunday, January 7, 2018. Leave your tree with us, and we'll recycle it for you later! The NYC Department of Sanitation will also be conducting special curbside collections for mulching and recycling of Christmas trees from Tuesday, January 2, 2018 through Saturday, January 13, 2018.
What to Bring
Please remember to remove all lights, ornaments, and netting before bringing the tree to a MulchFest site. Bags will be provided if you wish to take some free mulch home.
Sanitation Commissioner Kathryn Garcia announced that the New York City Department of Sanitation would begin its annual Christmas tree curbside collection on Tuesday, January 2. Collection will run through Saturday, January 13, 2018, weather permitting.
City residents should remove all stands, tinsel, lights and ornaments before putting trees out for collection. Clean, non-bagged Christmas trees left on the curb between Tuesday, January 2 and Saturday, January 13, will be chipped, mixed with leaves, and recycled into compost for the city's parks, institutions and community gardens.
Those wishing to dispose of mostly plastic and metal fake Christmas trees should remove all ornaments and put them out next to your recycling on regular recycling days.