Recycle Your Xmas Tree

Don’t be one of those people with a Christmas tree up in February, recycle it! Here are some fun things that cities are doing with their trees.

NYC Mulchfest: “MulchFest provides New Yorkers an opportunity to bring their Christmas trees to designated sites where they are ground into wood chips….Participants are encouraged to bring bags to take advantage of the free mulch provided.”

Chicago Tree Recycling: “Join the Chicago Park District and the City of Chicago, Saturday, January 8th in making this holiday season more environmentally friendly by recycling your Christmas tree at one of 22 parks across the city. When you drop off your tree, you’ll receive some mulch and a year’s supply of blue bags that can be used in the City of Chicago’s recycling program!” Wow, this is worth it just for the blue bags.

LA Tree Recycling: “As an incentive to Los Angeles residents, the LADWP is pleased to provide a complimentary energy saving compact fluorescent bulb and a tree seedling for each tree recycled at each of the 28 convenient collection centers.”

Happy mulching! —MEGHANN MARCO


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  1. morydd says:

    The blue bags might be worth it in Chicago if they weren’t discontinuing the blue bag program.

  2. Meg Marco says:

    Ha, I didn’t know that!

  3. homerjay says:

    I don’t get to NYC very often, but am I wrong in thinking that tree mulch won’t be all that useful for city dwellers?

  4. misskaz says:

    Chicago’s phasing out the blue bag program over the next few years. Even pilot neighborhoods (like my own) haven’t gotten the blue bins yet and still have to use the bags.

  5. acambras says:

    I don’t know if they still do it, but Home Depot used to have a place for people to drop off “used” Christmas trees — if that program is still around, it might be good for those of us who don’t live in NY/Chicago/LA. Maybe Lowe’s has something too.

    Anybody know?

  6. Sudonum says:

    In New Orleans, at least pre-Katrina, they were taking them and using them to help wetland erosion.

  7. oghelpme says:

    It’s a good thing the park district updated the website. It says Saturday the 8th. Hmmmmm