Recycle your Christmas trees

Mulchfest begins across NY

By Alicia Venter

For those who do not know what to do with their Christmas Tree after the holiday season, the New York City Parks’ Department, in partnership with DSNY, may have a solution: Mulchfest.

The Mulchfest tree chipping celebration is an annual event held by the NYC Parks’ Department to allow New Yorkers the opportunity to have their tree turned into mulch. 

At the drop-off only locations, people simply leave their trees at the park. 

During the final weekend of the event, “Chipping Weekend,” New Yorkers can actively mulch their holiday trees at the chipping locations.

Residents will bring their trees to a chipping site, watch their tree get “recycled” and bring a bag of mulch home with them. 

Drop-offs have begun at 73 parks citywide as of Dec. 26, and will continue through Jan. 8. 

However, only 34 are chipping sites. The following are nearby Mulchfest locations:

– Domino Park (chipping)

– McCarren Park (chipping)

– McGolrick Park (drop-off only)

– Brooklyn Heights Promenade (drop-off only)

– Fort Greene Park (Chipping)

For a full list of Mulchfest locations, visit  

Weather permitting, DSNY will collect and compost trees left at curbs from Jan. 6 through Jan. 14.

The mulch gained from Mulchfest — which has been held for over 20 years — will be used to nourish city trees and plants throughout the city.