Where to take your Christmas tree for recycling into wood chips/mulch

Here’s Where To Drop Your Christmas Tree On The Upper West Side

Instead of leaving your Christmas tree on the sidewalk, bring it to one of these Parks Department sites to have it recycled into wood chips

Gus Saltonstall,Patch Staff

Posted Tue, Dec 21, 2021 at 1:48 pm ET |Updated Tue, Dec 21, 2021 at 3:35 pm ET

Instead of leaving your Christmas tree on the sidewalk, bring it to one of these Parks Department sites to have it recycled into wood chips.
Instead of leaving your Christmas tree on the sidewalk, bring it to one of these Parks Department sites to have it recycled into wood chips. (Getty Images/Dmitrii Guldin)

UPPER WEST SIDE, NY — Instead of leaving your Christmas tree on the sidewalk after the holidays this year, there’s a less wasteful way to dispose of the used-up conifer: drop it at one of the city’s dozens of mulch sites.

This year, “Mulchfest 2022” runs from Dec. 26 to Jan. 9. It includes tree drop-off sites around Manhattan, where the Parks Department will take each tree and break it into wood chips to nourish city parks.

A few of the sites will also offer free mulch for New Yorkers to take home and nourish their own gardens.

Here are the Mulchfest sites around the Upper West Side:

  • Central Park: West 65th Street and Central Park West – Drop-off Only
  • Central Park: West 81st Street and Central Park West, at the bridle path – Chipping
  • Riverside Park: West 83rd Street and Riverside Drive – Chipping

The chipping sites are open the weekend of Jan. 8-9, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. People are asked to bring their own bags to take some free mulch home.

Remember to take off all lights, ornaments and netting before bringing a tree to a Mulchfest site, the Parks Department asks.

View the full list of Mulchfest sites around New York here.

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