Curbside Pick Up Dates
Sanitation anticipates collecting clean Christmas trees left at the curb from Monday, December 30, 2013 through Wednesday, January 15, 2014. Remember to remove all lights, ornaments, stands, and plastic bags from your tree before setting it out at the curb for composting collection. Trees that still have these items attached will be collected as trash.
What does Sanitation do with the Christmas trees?
Sanitation collects about 2,500 tons of Christmas trees every January. Since 1993, budget permitting, these trees have been ground into wood chips to be used as mulch, mixed with yard waste to produce compost at Sanitation's outdoor composting sites.
Turn Your Christmas Tree into Mulch
Through MulchFest, sponsored by the Departments of Parks & Recreation and Sanitation, New Yorkers can bring their Christmas trees to designated spots to be chipped on site. At certain locations, participants can take home bags of mulch to use on their own plants and yards.
Mulch from your Christmas tree can enrich the soil in your garden or in your street tree beds. When laid over the soil, branches can help prevent erosion, compaction, and the repeated freezing and thawing that can damage plants or trees. And soil structure will be improved when the needles and twigs eventually break down.