Jan. 3, 2017 By Hannah Wulkan
Astoria residents will have the chance to get rid of their Christmas trees and put them to a new use this weekend.
The Parks Department is hosting its 21st annual MulchFest event at Astoria Park from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. this Saturday and Sunday, allowing residents to bring their Christmas trees to be put through a wood chipper and turned in to mulch.
As part of the event, the Parks Department is also offering tree care and litter removal workshops from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday.
The event will happen simultaneously at 78 parks throughout the city, offering an environmentally friendly way to dispose of Christmas trees.
Last year, more than 30,000 trees were turned to mulch citywide, though the Parks Department is looking to top that number this year.
Those bringing trees should remove all lights and decorations ahead of time, and park staff will then help put them through a wood chipper to create mulch, which participants can bring home for personal use or leave for use in the city parks.
The Parks department will broadcast the kickoff event for MulchFest live on the Periscope app at http://periscope.tv/nycparks, which will feature a tree mulching demonstration.
The Department of Sanitation will also provide curbside collection of Christmas trees starting today and continuing through January 14.
For a full list of MulchFest locations and information on volunteering, visit https://www.nycgovparks.org/highlights/festivals/mulchfest.