How to Easily Recycle Your Christmas Tree on the UES

MulchFest Christmas tree drop off location in Carl Schurz Park/Sonia @scoopthestoop for Upper East Site
MulchFest Christmas tree drop off location in Carl Schurz Park/Sonia @scoopthestoop for Upper East Site

MANHATTAN – Another Christmas has come and gone, now comes the question that hits most Upper East Siders with a natural Christmas tree in their apartment by this point of the new year. ‘How do i get rid of it?’ 

Once again, the City is making it easy to make sure your gently-used Christmas tree gets recycled. You can either put it out on the sidewalk for collection by the Department of Sanitation, or by bringing it directly to the annual MulchFest event at Carl Schurz Park to see it recycled put to good use in person. 

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This Saturday and Sunday, January 8th and 9th, NYC Parks says New Yorkers can ‘wrap up your holiday season’ by bringing their unwanted Christmas tree to Carl Schurz Park on East End Avenue between 10:00 am and 2:00 pm. 

Carl Schurz Park/Upper East Site
Carl Schurz Park/Upper East Site

There you’ll be able to see your tree chipped on site and you’ll be able to take home a bag of your own Christmas tree mulch, which the Parks Department says would make a great winter bed for tree on the street. 

If you’ve never been to MulchFest, it’s worth stopping by just for the astonishingly large pile of discarded Christmas trees you’ll see in one place— as well as some of the largest wood chippers you’ve probably seen. 

MulchFest Christmas tree drop off location in Carl Schurz Park/Sonia @scoopthestoop for Upper East Site
MulchFest Christmas tree drop off location in Carl Schurz Park/Sonia @scoopthestoop for Upper East Site

Last year, NYC Parks says more than 29,000 trees were recycled— they’re hoping to top that number this time around. 

To get more involved, you can also volunteer for MulchFest through the Parks Department’s Stewardship Team– spreading out freshly chipped Christmas trees around trees in Carl Schurz Park to insulate them from cold temperatures this winter.

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For those that cant make it to MulchFest in person this weekend, you have two options to make sure that tree gets recycled properly. You can drop it off at the park’s MulchFest location at East 86th Street and East End Avenue, or it can be collected by the Department of Sanitation.

DSNY trucks will begin picking up trees for recycling on Thursday, January 6th and end collection on Saturday, January 15th for those that holiday lovers who aren’t willing to give up their Christmas tree just yet. 

Just remember to remove all decorations, ornaments, lights, netting and bags from tree before setting it out for pickup or dropping it off for MulchFest this weekend.

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