MulchFest is Back, So Start Hauling Out Those Christmas Trees

Posted on: January 5th, 2015 at 10:02 am by

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The true origin of MulchFest

Nothing is a bigger pain in the ass than figuring out how to get rid of your deader-than-dead Fraser Fir after the holidays. But as a result of last year’s MulchFest success, the NYC Department of Parks & Recreation, the NYC Department of Sanitation, and GreeNYC are giving New Yorkers an easy out again this year for disposing of their Christmas trees – real trees, that is.

Bring your post-holiday fire hazard to one of the designated city parks on January 10 or 11 between 10am and 2pm, and they’ll stuff it through a mulch machine; the wood chips will be used to nourish parks throughout the city. You can also grab a free bag of mulch for your own gardening purposes. Naturally, all ornaments, lights, etc must be removed first.

There are loads of options for participating in MulchFest. You can bring your tree on one of the specified dates and get a cathartic satisfaction out of watching them chip it in front of you, you can bring it to a drop off site beforehand (Saturday, January 3 through Sunday, January 11) and grab a bag of mulch later, or you can partake in the Department of Sanitation’s special curbside pickup.

Looks like Tompkins Square Park (chipping) and Corlears Hook Park (drop-off only) are the best bet for the Lower East Side, but full details can be found here.

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