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Turn Your Christmas Tree into Mulch at City’s Annual Mulchfest

(NYC Parks / D. Avila)

Dec. 27, 2019 By Kristen Torres

The city’s annual MulchFest is back for another year, giving residents a chance to get rid of their Christmas trees in an eco-friendly way.

Residents can bring their Christmas trees to city parks and gardens to be turned into mulch during the annual MulchFest. This year’s event will take place from Dec. 26 to Jan. 11, with drop-off locations throughout all five boroughs.

New Yorkers can drop off their trees at any of the locations to later be chipped and turned to mulch. The mulch created by the trees will be used by the city in public parks and gardens.

Residents can also visit a chipping site on Saturday, Jan. 4 and Saturday, Jan. 11 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. to watch their trees be chipped and take home a free bag of mulch.

Trees must have all lights, ornaments and netting removed before they are brought to a MulchFest site.

City officials will also be conducting curbside collections for mulching and recycling of Christmas trees from Jan. 6 to Jan. 17.

MulchFest, which is run by the Department of Sanitation, recycled more than 28,000 trees last year.

MulchFest locations in Queens are listed below.

Astoria Park located at 19th Street and Hoyt Avenue

Captain Mario Fajardo Playground located at Kissena Boulevard at Booth Memorial Avenue*

Forest Park located at Forest Park Drive and Woodhaven Boulevard

Hunters Point South Park located at 51st Avenue and Center Boulevard

Juniper Valley Park located at 80th Street between Juniper Boulevard North and South

Queensbridge Park located at Vernon Boulevard and Queensbridge Park Greenway*

Travers Park located at 78th Street and 34th Avenue

Windmill Community Garden located at 39-22 29th St*

Windmuller Park at Lawrence Virgilio Playground located at 39th Drive and 54th Street*

*Drop-off location only

Additional locations can be found here.

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I no longer buy a real tree. Also, Christmas decorations are on the decline in Astoria as the years go by and the neighborhood changes. Halloween decorations are strong though throughout the neighborhood but i think that is because the diverse community likes getting something for free like candy so they participate in it no matter where they come from.

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We don’t buy a real tree either. We did, however, find a lovely wreath for our apartment door this year. Three pine cones and a few berries…really quite nice. I think you’d like it. Have a Happy Halloween?


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